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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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
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pldl
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Main Character is the weakest link

Scores are somewhat based on RoyalRoadl's average level of quality.

Story-wise, world-building, and side-characters are good. It feels like the world is operating on an alien, but coherent logic. The story makes sense for the most part, and the side characters are interesting. I didn't notice any difficulties reading, so grammar is fine as well.

 

The main character is by far the weakest part of the story. Compared to other stories on this site, the characterization is about average. Most of the dumb mistakes at the beginning of the story are perfectly understandable, and he makes smart tactical decisions throughout. Unfortunately, his main characteristic is that he is a compulsive talker. Worse, it is true to form of a real compulsive talker.

People do not like compulsive talkers, and it makes it very difficult to empathize with the main character. Personally, there was an almost instinctual distrust of the main character once the conversations started going. His inability to shut up showed a lack of respect for everyone else, which implied a lack of trustworthiness and integrity. It's why I think a lot of people seem to be especially annoyed with moral quandaries he faces. He provides his opinion on everything, so it's basically worthless. He's so flippant about everything, why can't he be flippant about this shit too? 

He's told to shut up only a few times (too few to be believable, in my opinion), and it seems to garner zero reaction from him. He makes basically no attempt to improve or even acknowledge the comment and continues to interject every sentence with stuff he should know people won't understand.

He's a snarky character with little to show (mostly luck, even with the salt thing).

He's a talkative character with nothing to say.

I hope he goes through a character redemption arc because Overgeared had a similar issue at the beginning, where people HATED the main character. But for Overgeared, it was intentional. The main character showed growth and got incrementally better.

I hope the same would be for this novel, too. We already know he's going to grow in power/skill. He's got a system set up for that.

(Chapter 45)

 

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.

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.

KoboldPatrol
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Funny and comfy isekai with interesting litRPG system

(as of chapter 28)

'He Who Fights With Monsters' tells the story of Jason who suddenly wakes up in a world where stats, magic and monsters are normal. Through luck and panicked perseverance he manages to survive the cultist den he was transported to and meets helpful adventurers who explain the world to him. Avid RRL readers know this kind of story and will think: "Now with such a successful start, he'll surely become the next great hero like in all the other stories on this site!" Well, in theory yes and the MC tries, but the ability domains he receives start with "dark" and "blood" and then do not exactly get more good/pure/holy...

Style/Grammar: The story is told in third-person internal style from Jason's point of view. The descriptions are good (but not too wordy) and the literary devices are varied, letting you binge the story without hiccups.  There are few typos in the later chapters, just some slips of the pen or missing words (some of which could also be Australian slang?).

Story: While many things are similar to other isekai stories, some stand out positively in this story. One thing is the litRPG system: As usual there are system messages and stats and skills, but they are more on the descriptive side rather than raw numbers ("casting cost: medium amount of mana per second"), leading to a more relaxed atmosphere and smoother reading compared to the often-seen long long boxes full of numbers and "X has increased by 0.1" mentality (while that is not bad per se, this variation is very welcome). Progression is less grindy as well because it uses special magic items instead of just XP. The messages are unobtrusive grey text instead of blue boxes and they are rather snarky. In general there is a large amount of humour, be it in the descriptions, in the MC's thoughts or in the dialogue. 

Characters: On one side Jason is a lighthearted and friendly fellow, taking many things in stride, a helpful guy with his heart in the right place. On the other hand, he is thrust into a very brutal situation in a hard world. This combination usually doesn't end well, but here it's looking good so far. Jason has a reasonable moral compass and killing doesn't come easy to him (as is expected from a normal person), as yet he has been able to keep his personality, which we have seen described nicely, intact. The other characters are also shown to be well thought out, with different personalities that are mostly likeable. The bad guys are a bit cliché though.

I really like this story and I can recommend it wholeheartedly. After having read more than a hundred stories on RRL alone with a large number of them isekai stories, I often get a feeling of "same old, same old". In this story, the "lighter" take on the litRPG system and the strong humorous elements (I even laughed multiple times) make for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

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.

Fool
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Enjoyable Read, up to 45, also lmao some of these reviews

As mentioned before, the banter between several of the supporting cast and main cast is comedic in nature despite the horror of the main story theme. A lot of the violence inherent in this book and the fight scenes are derived from, at least from what I imagine, a very believable struggle it would be with having a world full of randomly powered people wandering around.

The main character is sometimes disarmingly funny, and sometimes worryingly casual with the awful things that keep happening. That isn't a problem for me because his character is consistent and shows sign of growth or 'breaking out' in the nearish future. The fact that the supporting cast also seems concerned with his behaviors is also a relief.

Positive:

Uh, it's a LitRPG with a custom system: check

Consistent release and scheduling: check

We don't see blue boxes every time a squirrel is kicked, a fart sniffed, or the protagonist manages to maintain a steady breathing rhythm.

I like how irregular some of his skills seem and that he meets failure on occasion.

The Negative: 

This seems to have gotten really popular quite fast, so the author must be feeling the pressure, esp. with some of these reviewers being critical of the fact that the Litrpg is... a litrpg.

I like our small supporting cast but I wish there were more characters that were fleshed out a bit more.

I also like how the skills work but feel that the story could stand to have some stakes other than "I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was..." 

Currency is super easy for the MC, so much so that it appears to be worthless.

But hey, most of those are all future wishes for the most part and it feels like the author is just getting started.

 

TLDR: Set aside some time and give it a try.

tarakis
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Nice Different Game Mechanics

This a Funny and enjoyable story so far. The style and grammar are Very Well done. The MC is not OP but almost clueless but has a good knack for learning.The other characters are also well done. The Baddies are definitely Hateable. It is definitely very well written and I look forward to reading more.

:D CHEERS (c)

Forever_King
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Interesting take on LitRPG

Not your standard system for litrpg. There aren't hard stats but the system is quite cool so far. I mean the first two rewards for the guy were some clothes. Can't wait for more updates

 

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.

 

Darius
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Who knew garden implements could be so dangerous?

Great new story, love the comedic stone so far and the snark. Also the extessive use of remarkably dangerous Garden impliments.

I am looking forward to what happens to Jason in the future. Sign me up.