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
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Zethuron
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A very enjoyable story with good litrpg mechanics.

Great start so far, im liking this story, certainly a different kind of litrpg that i can recommend others to come read.

The MC, well hahaha. Jason is just such a enjoyable and fun character to read about. Its sort of to be expected from a Australian character. And the other characters arent that far behind in how well written they are. Overall their interactions are fun to read.

Jason is quite confrontial at times and honest about being a atheist, this does really show when he interacts with religious organizations or even the gods themselves, barely treating them with any respect, a thing which is considered suicidial by the denizen of the world he is in, this is inline with his belief of being a atheist, but i feel like its going a bit far. Issues are showing already with this story due to his behavior, i hope its set to change soon, or it could make this story less enjoyable.

While this story started off very strong, while it is still going on strong after forty or so chapters, i feel like it is less than what it was at the start.

So far the world this story takes place in, has been shown to be interesting and well developed, with so much more left to be unveiled over the course of the story. The author sort of went for his own kind of unique world, that uses common elements from Fantasy, but also goes in a original direction. Theres the litrpg aspect of this story, which i find to be quite interesting, the author has made his own kind of litrpg system, borrowing ideas from many different sources, and combined that into the system used in this story while avoiding adding stats to the story. Especially the way the abilities and skills are done, is quite different and unlike most stories, i wonder how the author will go with that, without making the MC go absurdely powerful from that system.

Ill be fair that grammar is sort of a problem, overall it is fine, with there being few spelling errors, but there are quite some mistakes overall, with missing words and thus odd sentences because of that, this story could use a good editing round to edit those out, and make it even better in quality. The recent chapters are better in terms of grammar, even if there are still the occasional mistakes that appear, normally they get spotted and corrected quite fast.

Nice style here, no obvious flaws to be found with it. Overall good pacing, even if fast at times, but i dont mind personally. Its pretty easy to keep reading this story without getting bored at all.

A great story, with much potentional yet left to be uncovered, This can be something actually good and fun, if the author can keep writing and not burn out, especially with the current release speed of chapters. There is the risk of the story stopping being fresh and fun, and turning out to be boring and stale while being full of common tropes, i personally hope the author can avoid going on that route.

Recommended for fans of litrpg, you will most likely really like this fun story thats of a good quality.

 

Par0xysm
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interesting isekai, snarky mc. But it's overhyped

First of all i would like to say that i quite enjoy this story, but thats mainly because of the MC. But people here on RR need to stop overhyping stuff. it's kind of tiresome. The story is interesting, and quite a fresh take on isekai, but it's NOT a perfect 5. Very few stories actually are.

This is a review of up to chapter 35.

                                                    The Positive:

Characters:

I like the mc, he's the true driving force for the story, and he has a fun and likeable personality. He has a sharp tongue and he's quite witty and fun to read about.

I enjoy the banter in the story, it's well written, and so far the characters feels like they have actual personalities, and aren't just mindless plot puppets.

The System:

The ability/skill/game systems are very interesting and i highly like this kind of system. I just wish we saw more of these kind of ideas for the game-like feel of LiTRPG'S here on RR.

The Grammar:

The grammar is very, very well done. Rarely do i find a story on RR with such good grammar. The very few mistakes and typos i've spotted, have not in any way detracted from the story, the flow, nor my understanding of the chapters.

 

So that was a bit of the postive, now i come to the negative. And again, i really enjoy this story so it's not me being mean or salty.

 

                                                  The Negative:

Worldbuilding:

The world building has honestly been a mixed bag imo. I can clearly see that the author is trying to tell us about the world, but it simply has a very weak impact on the reading experience. I've not been impressed by it so far, and there have been no overaching mystery that has caught my attention nor interest.

Story Progression:

In the beginning the story was quite high on the action and a lot of chapters introduced new stuff and moved along the plot with a nice flow. Then it simmers down to an almost non-existant boil. I think there's been nothing of importance happening for more than 10-15 chapters now.

Spoiler: Spoiler

 Let me give some examples of what i mean: 1. Whats his end goal? 2. Why is he taking his sweet time with everything? 3. He wants to be powerful, but whats the reason beside being an adventurer? And if he wants power, why is he wasting so much time on mundane, and unnecessary things?

Banter and Monologuing:

As i said under positive, i like the banter, and it's very comedic to read about Jason, but too much of a good thing gets stale fast. The chapters seem to waste in avg. more than half of it on banter, and expositions that really do nothing for the story at large.
Even with so few chapters out, it's already feeling like we get too much unnecessary information almost every chapter. And i've already caught myself wanting to scroll down, just to get to the actual 'meat' in some of the chapters, i have refrained from doing so... so far at least.

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We get introduced to new side characters a lot, but they don't really have any importance for the plot. Only ones so far that had relevance to the plotline, is Rofus and co. and possibly

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Closing Thoughts

To close out i would like to say that this story has a lot of good potential and i already added it to my favorites. I intend to keep reading and following it since it's quite enjoyable.

It's already highly rated, but i do NOT feel it's entirely justified. It's up to a good start, and well written, but it's not THAT good (yet). Give Shirtaloon some useful feedback and time, and then this story might be worthy of the whole slew of 5 star ratings, that people tend to give when something is overhyped. Most of them are waaay too early imo, and very few of them give any useful critique to the stories and the author(s).

But that blame lies with the RR community more than the story or author. People really need to be more critical here i feel.

 

 

 

Sennou
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It's nice, but needs some real work on dialogue, just throwing "he/she said" makes it very poor.

singlespace
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Fairly interesting, but suffers from somewhat bland characterization and dialogue that tries too hard.

Ostensibly every character is quite different, but in pratice all the dialogue sounds and feels like it’s spoken by the same person. The humour, cadence, and disposition is pretty much exactly the same between all the dialogue leading to this somewhat awkward feeling that it’s just someone speaking to themselves.

The dialogue’s perpetual attempts to be clever further exacerbates the issue making the singular voice even more obvious. No living breathing person speaks like that.

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.

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.

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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.

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

Manasong
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Average but with concerning problems

TL;DR:Okay Isekai marred with character problems.

 

Style: No real problem how the story is told. Dialogue, descriptions and pacing is fine.

Grammar: Better than mine. Basically perfect but I'm not a native English speaker.

Story: An okay start for an isekai, nothing special. A small balance problem, though.

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Character: The MC, the problem.

Jason is annoyingly idealistic in the face of death and evil. He also lacks a proper survival instinct.

Spoiler: Spoiler

 He might as well be autistic or emotionally stunted. He even does the thing where he doesn't read the situation and spouts memes to people who would never get it, only to receive looks as if he's a weirdo (because he is).

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,

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 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.

Sordahon
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Quite good, but a bit boring.

MC seems to have mental breakdown so easily I do not think he is fit here. It's boring to read his feelings, weakning morals and predictions how this world will change him for the worse ...bla bla bla. I get that his situation is extraordinary but there is no need for whole chapters of talking about feelings imo. I would rather have him train, try his powers, do something independently, travel, research, gain knowledge and not depend so much on the trio of adventurers who seem so feely, understanding and comforting to an unrealistic dagree.