He Who Fights With Monsters

by Shirtaloon

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Portal Fantasy / Isekai

Jason wakes up in a mysterious world of magic and monsters. He’ll face off against cannibals, cultists, wizards, monsters, and that’s just the first day. He’s going to need courage, he’s going to need wit and he’s going to need some magic powers of his own. But first, he’s going to need pants.

Follow Jason as he makes a place for himself in a world that is strange, yet sometimes strangely familiar. He’ll meet crime lords and aristocrats, gods and monsters on his path from would-be victim to heroic adventurer. At least, he tries to be heroic. It’s hard to be good when all your powers are evil.

Release schedule is 5 chapters per week, Monday-Friday.

Please note: I am Australian and this story is written in Australian English, so there will be less of the letter Z and more of the letter U.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Strange Business ago
Chapter 2: Of Course Magic is a Thing ago
Chapter 3: Local Cuisine ago
Chapter 4: Cannibals and Spelunking ago
Chapter 5: Wizard ago
Chapter 6: Potent Potable ago
Chapter 7: Spoils ago
Chapter 8: Dark Magic ago
Chapter 9: Escape ago
Chapter 10: The Evil Pit of Evil ago
Chapter 11: Dashing Heroics ago
Chapter 12: Sanguine Horror ago
Chapter 13: This is the Part Where We Step Back ago
Chapter 14: Worlds Apart ago
Chapter 15: Outworlder ago
Chapter 16: Rescue Party ago
Chapter 17: A Conservative Pillage ago
Chapter 18: One of Us ago
Chapter 19: I Want a Lava Cannon ago
Chapter 20: By the Power of Grayskull ago
Chapter 21: I Have the Power ago
Chapter 22: Apocalypse Stone ago
Chapter 23: I May have Made a Huge Mistake ago
Chapter 24: Astral Space ago
Chapter 25: Blasphemy is Kind of My Thing ago
Chapter 26: Waterfall ago
Chapter 27: Water, Fall ago
Chapter 28: How Did You All Fit in There? ago
Chapter 29: That's What Adventurers Do ago
Chapter 30: Closing the Door Too Hard ago
Chapter 31: Taming the Beast ago
Chapter 32: Monster Hunting For Beginners ago
Chapter 33: Mistrun River ago
Chapter 34: Waving the Flag for Secular Morality ago
Chapter 35: Greenstone ago
Chapter 36: The Island ago
Chapter 37: A Good Adventurer and a Great One ago
Chapter 38: Just Another Adventurer ago
Chapter 39: Training ago
Chapter 40: Eyebeams and the Ethics of Adventuring ago
Chapter 41: Vulnerable and Exposed ago
Chapter 42: This is the Pits ago
Chapter 43: The Nightingale ago
Chapter 44: Complimentary Ointment ago
Chapter 45: So Much For Atheism ago
Chapter 46: Blatant Manipulation ago
Chapter 47: Mirage Chamber ago
Chapter 48: An Endless, Inescapable Nightmare ago
Chapter 49: A Voice From Home ago
Chapter 50: The Full Keanu ago
Chapter 51: Song of the Nightingale ago
Chapter 52: Pain ago
Chapter 53: Nightlife ago
Chapter 54: Field Assessment ago
Chapter 55: Rune Tortoise ago
Chapter 56: Gary's Gift ago
Chapter 57: Rainbow Smoke ago
Chapter 58: A Man of Malevolent Intellect ago
Chapter 59: Falling Short ago
Chapter 60: Making Music ago
Chapter 61: Trade Hall ago
Chapter 62: Have Some Damn Adventures ago
Chapter 63: Sunk-Cost Fallacy ago
Chapter 64: Take My Wife, Please ago
Chapter 65: Curious Urges ago
Chapter 66: A Stronger Weapon Than the One in Your hand ago
Chapter 67: This is What it Means to Fight Me ago
Chapter 68: Good News For Clive ago
Chapter 69: Dumpling Soup ago
Chapter 70: Rewards ago
Chapter 71: A Bit of Poo ago
Chapter 72: Rat Race ago
Chapter 73: A Grim Sword to Live By ago
Chapter 74: Doing Better ago
Chapter 75: Progress ago
Chapter 76: Preparations ago
Chapter 77: Group Cohesion ago
Chapter 78: Jason Has the Good Biscuits ago
Chapter 79: Sand Everywhere ago
Chapter 80: It's Not Work if You Love What You Do ago
Chapter 81: Crazy Desperation Move ago
Chapter 82: Choices ago
Chapter 83: It makes No Difference to the Ant ago
Chapter 84: Injury & Death ago
Chapter 85: Because I'm an Adventurer ago
Chapter 86: Some Kind of Secret ago
Chapter 87: Can't Lose ago
Chapter 88: The Nature of Absolution ago
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FriedTM
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Really not worth the read unless you're interested in the system

I can honestly say I do not understand the hype for this. I don't really know a logical way to break down some of the issues I have with this so before I go into my negativity rant let me give you some of the positives. The system and the universe is fascinating, in fact that's pretty much the reason I'm sticking here. But with that right off the bat we can start with a big negative. While the system is completely interesting I have found that you can skip basically 90% of the chapters only stopping at system messages read the paragraph above it and follow the plot. This is simply because the author is incredibly focused on mind-numbing character interaction. Now this might have been interesting if the characters where not dancing to the tune of the main character. The most emotional thing I've seen come out of them or anyone for that matter is a little bit of anger that seems like a toddler throwing a tantrum. Everybody is just so incredibly unnervingly calm, everybody either wants to help the main character or is interested in him. Even the villains take interest in him, there's not a second that goes by where he's not the focus of everybody's attention. On top of that interactions range from info dump to just emotionless fluff. The fight scenes are weirdly laid out and his idea of expressing pain is to pass out and then upon waking up make some jokes. On top of that the humor is incredibly random and poorly placed. At best I was neutral to it at worst it annoyed me. Just get to the point where he's trying to get into the adventurer's guild and the three examiners meet him. It's just an unending screeching coming from his mouth that some how woes the pretty lady. What's weird is he's never like that before or since it's just like his character randomly became a different person. Finally consistency oh, none of these characters are consistent on any deeper level than outward traits. They're constantly flipping and flopping for plot or humor. It's just, it's a confusing mishmash that can be skipped 90% of the time.

jacckkko
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Great start but worrying flaws

Review at chapter 31

So here we go again for a classic litrpg except this one is a bit different. Anyone on royalroad should appreciate this. Instead of the 1000th copycat of the same stats and classes taken from a DnD manual, the author actually put some thought into it and gave us an original and engaging new system.

 

Of course litpg is just a mean to an end. What matters is the story. Unfortunately, the mc just arrived into this unknown world. That means he doesn't really have any particular goals yet and the world building is still shallow. Until now the author has done a pretty good job at spreading information without any excessive exposition. Those first 31 chapters had quite a lot of action and it was a smooth read. I thorougly enjoyed it. Interested to see now how the author will develop this world and also Jason. Until now Jason is just good and exceptionnaly outgoing with a bit of sassyness.

 

Worrying flaws

A big worrying flaw I had almost immedately is about the coins. They are op. Overpowered tools are a detriment to any story because the characters should just use them all the time. For example,

Spoiler: Spoiler

 It reminds of the second Harry Potter book with the rewinding time necklace. That necklace was never used again in the series because it was too op. It will probably be the same with the coins. They are too op.

 

My other worrying flaw comes from the number of abilities. He is supposed to get 20 maybe even more layer. That's a lot and I'm afraid it might bog down the story especially if he uses them actively. If in a fight he uses 10 abilities for example it would be annoying. Even more so because readers will probably forget what they do and you would need to add the description all the time. Imagine having to read through 10 descriptions each and every fight.

j03man
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Very cliched dialogue unconvincing narrative

 

Characters: Almost all characterization is done via Jason's inner monologue. Jason's inner monologue consists of about 10% planning his next course of action, 10% complaining about his circumstances, and 100% #relatable pop culture references and puns.

Story: MC deserves to die for how stupid he is. I'm not saying that Jason is reacting unrealistically as an average Aussie teleported to another world, but if realism is the standard that justifies his moronic decision making, then realistically he should be dead 5 times over by chapter 9. Nothing in the narrative convinces me he'll be able to survive by anything other than dumb luck. 

TL;DR

A story where the #relatable protagonist survives a hostile world by dumb luck while thinking exclusively in puns is some entitled millenial wish fullfilment so over the top that even my 'shelterd 90s kid' ass is offended.

S_k_y
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Shallow, Cliché Ridden.

Starts well enough, but there is a limit to an amount of plot armor, and shallow morality one can take from a single book. Not to mention the MC leaving the adventurers who saved his life, just to go sightseeing around.

And all that while he has been in their world for less than a month. Ok... that is smart, a logical thing everyone would do, sure.

 

Smokey
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Idealistic and stupid

The stupid board produces yet another bland mix of wishfullfilment and bad writing.

Basically about a guy waking up in a diffrent world. Ok, overused genre, sure. But it still sometimes produces pearls. He is naive, childish, idealistc and generally stupid? Alright, maybe he is forced tho accept the cruel reality once he faces the unfairness of the world. He continues to make stupid mistakes and naive observations and the author rewards him for it? ... Maybe he grows as a character with the author? ... He remains idealistic, but the world accepts it. it provides unrealistic situations for him to overcome his worries while also learning nothing from his mistakes. Ok, plot armor, but-  He has little to no goals besides getting stronger. Ok, ok. I give up. You win, made up voice, this i bull. Oh what does this sentence mean? There appears to be words missing. Now that i think about, it there are a lot of words missing. Geez, you dont have to rub it in. I get the picture. 

I have way too much spare time. You and me both, man.

Wavyplz
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Overall enjoyable read.

As of chapter 37.

 

I'm finding this story to be an interesting read, especially with the system mechanics. The story is engaging most of the way through but lately it is becoming a bit dry, although that could just be because I am comparing it to the start.

  • Grammar is great, only a bit of missing punctuation that I can see and very limited amount of spelling mistakes.

We have been getting a bit of world building recently but not enough to make any solid opinions.

The main character is ok I guess. He seems to rush headlong into certain matters that he does not have a full grasp on, acts smug with the fact that he can confuse people when naming his origins and is slightly idiotic with the fact that he has not tested some of his abilities which may help him survive.

The side characters are somewhat fleshed out considering it is so early on in the novel.

There are some plot holes in the story like the coins.

Spoiler: Spoiler

What I would recommend would be to have a certain limit of how many you can use per rank without there being permanent damage.

Cestarian
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Wuxia tropes and exposition dumps

The story starts out quite allright like a somewhat unique litrpg take with slightly misplaced yet still funny humor...

And then as soon as the action slows down we get a massive 5+ chapter exposition dump and a weird, 100% meaningless wuxia trope insert (the impurities bullshit, whatever that's supposed to mean, next thing I know I bet he'll pop a pill and sit under a tree for a year in a lotus pose to become god or something when this nonsense inevitably ramps up...)

That aside there's just a whole lot of waste text riddled with bad jokes and wordy explanations of mundane stuff.

 

It had some promise, but ultimately turned out to be boring to read.

Henry Morgan
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Starts off good, becomes rubbish

This fiction started off fairly strong, then after the MC hass alot of stupid rubbish decisions and reactions I have had enough and have given up on the story.

Pale imitation
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Generally a good read. Fun fight scenes that are believable and coherient. The MC's world view is somewhat annoying, he sticks his nose is every NPCs shit to  force his ethics and worldview on everybody. He is the steriotype ugly american tourist telling everyone what to do. The story also gets bogged down on tedius combat and skill mechanics that causes the reader's eyes to glaze over. The chit chat and boring dialogue between the characters is also a let down.

Silangan
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Loved it. Now its just okay.

Cons

Death by exposition. I didnt mind the exposition for the system, but now its every little thing. 

MC can’t shut up. He talks a lot and with no respect to anything at all. Some God just smite him please. Everyone likes him too much. He’s far more interesting to people than he ought to be. Thats the plot armor. Stop it. 

Side chick and her story were introduced way too early. Heck now everyone that no one cares about gets their own half of the chapter (mostly all of it). This coupled with the exposition slows the pacing out to a crawl. 

Pros

 

The first 30 chapters. 

System is unique. 

‘Class’ choice isn’t a magical swordsman, close but not quite.

Fun dialogue - up until it wasn’t.