He Who Fights With Monsters

He Who Fights With Monsters

by Shirtaloon (Travis Deverell)

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Profanity

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Books 1-4 Available on Amazon

Book 5 starts with chapter 341.

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 USA time.

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.

This web novel is also available at Scribblehub.com

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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
Books available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and Audible ago
Chapter 341: Too Valuable to Lose ago
Chapter 342: All I Can Do is My Best ago
Chapter 343: A Modern Myth ago
Chapter 344: Breakneck Pace ago
Chapter 345: Grand Tour ago
Chapter 346: New Groove ago
Chapter 347: Get to the Chopper ago
Chapter 348: What's Left of Your Principles ago
Chapter 349: Contingencies ago
Chapter 350: Humanity ago
Chapter 351: Media Blitz ago
Chapter 352: Grandmotherly Advice ago
Chapter 353: A Bloke With Vast Cosmic Power ago
Chapter 354: A Very Long To-Do List ago
Chapter 355: Another Step Forward ago
Chapter 356: Tactical Flexibility ago
Chapter 357: Broken ago
Chapter 358: Never Enough ago
Chapter 359: Media Landscape ago
Chapter 360: Instability ago
Chapter 361: Supernatural ago
Chapter 362: Arms Race ago
Chapter 363: Sword-Fighting With No Shirt On ago
Chapter 364: Candid and Authentic ago
Chapter 365: Warmth and Levity ago
Chapter 366: An Intelligent King ago
Chapter 367: Hunted ago
Chapter 368: Gamble ago
Chapter 369: Dying of Thirst in the Desert ago
Chapter 370: Enough Power ago
Bonus Chapter: Silver ago
Chapter 371: Old Affairs ago
Chapter 372: End Run ago
Chapter 373: Giving Face ago
Chapter 374: Not in a Position to Criticise ago
Chapter 375: Honour ago
Chapter 376: They Get to See What I'm Like ago
Chapter 377: Fanboy ago
Chapter 378: A Very Bad Mistake ago
Chapter 379: An Unexpected Direction ago
Chapter 380: Parade of Delights ago
Chapter 381: Collateral Damage ago
Chapter 382: I Intend to Do Damage ago
Chapter 383: A Chance to Control the Narrative ago
Chapter 384: You Shouldn't Lie to Your Wife ago
Chapter 385: The Decision Has Been Made ago
Chapter 386: First Priority ago
Chapter 387: Node Space ago
Chapter 388: Loaded For Battle ago
Chapter 389: Going For Gold ago
Chapter 390: Prepare For the Rematch ago
Chapter 391: Finish the Job ago
Chapter 392: Inevitability ago
Chapter 393: The Edge of Madness ago
Chapter 394: Trying to Be Merciful ago
Chapter 395: Appreciation ago
Chapter 396: Brooding Loner ago
Chapter 397: High Maintenance ago
Chapter 398: Treachery or Cowardice ago
Chapter 399: Comely Wenches ago
Chapter 400: A Lot Like a Guess ago
Chapter 401: It's Okay to Laugh ago
Chapter 402: Dignified Moment ago
Chapter 403: When Someone is Under Your Gun ago
Chapter 404: When, Not If ago
Chapter 405: Not Entirely Ethical ago
Chapter 406: Ahead of Schedule ago
Chapter 407: Open Wound ago
Chapter 408: Looting a House Burning Down Around You ago
Chapter 409: Domain ago
Chapter 410: Needs of the Moment ago
Chapter 411: A Beautiful Woman and a Sack of Cash ago
Chapter 412: You Have to Be True to Yourself ago
Chapter 413: One More Secret ago
Chapter 414: Instinct is All We Have ago
Chapter 415: Step Back ago
Chapter 416: Guns & Money ago
Chapter 417: Old Habit ago
Chapter 418: It's Still Not About Killing Monsters ago
Chapter 419: Open to the Unanticipated ago
Chapter 420: I'm Going to Bet on Myself ago
Chapter 421: No Perfect Options ago
Chapter 422: Stillness ago
Chapter 423: Whatever We Face ago
Chapter 424: You Really Aren't Local ago
Chapter 425: A Sliver of Hope ago
Chapter 426: End-User Licence Agreement ago
Chapter 427: Negotiations ago
Chapter 428: Another Day for Vampires ago
Chapter 429: Less Freud and More God of Healing ago
Chapter 430: Little Cost in Exploring ago
Chapter 431: Intentions ago
Chapter 432: I Need That Song to Play Out ago
Chapter 433: Wash Them First ago
Chapter 434: The Language of Passion ago
Chapter 435: Forthright Honesty ago
Chapter 436: Pertinent Factor ago
Chapter 437: More Focus on Nipples ago
Chapter 438: The Job That's in Front of You ago
Chapter 439: Going Suspiciously Well ago
Chapter 440: One of Asano's Secrets ago
Chapter 441: Swarm Against Swarm ago
Chapter 442: Necessary Evil ago
Chapter 443: Balls ago
Chapter 444: Which One of Us is the Villain ago
Chapter 445: That Passion Didn't Come From Nowhere ago
Chapter 446: The Upstart Magician ago
Chapter 447: Too Much Over Pride ago
Chapter 448: Trust All the Way ago
Chapter 449: Time to Choose ago
Chapter 450: Four-Score Men ago
Chapter 451: The Very Opposite of Fantastical ago
Chapter 452: Small Mercies ago
Chapter 453: Salus Mundi Suprema Lex Esto ago
Chapter 454: Something Other Than Human ago
Chapter 455: Everyone Calls Me Gary ago
Chapter 456: I'm the Bait in Question ago
Chapter 457: The Past Can Wait ago
Chapter 458: Dragon Lady ago
Chapter 459: What Could Possibly Go Wrong ago
Chapter 460: Kind of His Thing ago
Chapter 461: Of Course He Doesn't Have Pants ago
Chapter 462: Connotations ago
Chapter 463: What a Monster Surge Feels Like ago
Chapter 464: Strategic Doctrine ago
Chapter 465: I've Seen Your Best ago
Chapter 466: Responsible Dad ago
Chapter 467: Surge Protocols ago
Chapter 468: Disappointed or Relieved ago
Chapter 469: More Paperwork ago
Chapter 470: Multi-Talented ago
Chapter 471: Don't Say You Weren't Warned ago
Chapter 472: Contribution ago
Chapter 473: Small-Town Lifestyle ago
Chapter 474: I Don't Need to Invent Icecream ago
Chapter 475: Remaining Unremarkable ago
Chapter 476: A Damn Fine Way to Start Off a War ago
Chapter 477: It Will Not Be Fine ago
Chapter 478: A Story of War ago
Chapter 479: Any Help They Can Get ago
Chapter 480: Supplies ago
Chapter 481: Enemies Even I Would Fear ago
Chapter 482: True Elites ago
Chapter 483: Diligent and Considerate ago
Chapter 484: That Doesn't Make the Pebble Important ago
Chapter 485: They Don't Send Their Best People ago
Chapter 486: An Old Friend That He Had No Time For ago
Chapter 487: Never Underestimate Adventurers ago
Chapter 488: Better Strange Than Scary ago
Chapter 489: Going Overland ago
Chapter 490: Small ago
Chapter 491: Uneasy Allies ago
Chapter 492: Supply Chain Problems ago
Chapter 493: The Hitting It a Bunch Plan ago
Chapter 494: I Liked the Fighting Better ago
Chapter 495: That Usually is My Day ago
Chapter 496: Unyielding Faith ago
Chapter 497: Something He Could Never Get Back ago
Chapter 498: Dignified Young Adventurer ago
Chapter 499: I Can Do Sleazy ago
Chapter 500: An Object Lesson in Foolish Risks ago
Chapter 501: Murky Waters ago
Chapter 502: Integrity is Forever ago
Chapter 503: How Deep a Hole ago
Chapter 504: The Part That Knows How to Quit ago
Chapter 505: Bad Apples ago
Chapter 506: Idiot Plan ago
Chapter 507: The Days They Sing Songs About ago
Chapter 508: The Source of the Madness ago
Chapter 509: A Fair Fight ago
Chapter 510: Put the Mask Back On ago
Chapter 511: I Don't Think You're Angry ago
Chapter 512: Staying with Friends ago
Chapter 513: Meanwhile, Two Weeks Ago in Vitesse ago
Chapter 514: Hegemon's Will ago
Chapter 515: A Story About a Magic Trowel ago
Chapter 516: What It Sent Us ago
Chapter 517: I Am Not Jason Asano ago
Chapter 518: That Powerful and That Old ago
Chapter 519: One Battle at a Time ago
Chapter 520: No One Telling Me I Can't ago
Chapter 521: A Lot More Steps ago
Chapter 522: A Normal Man ago
Chapter 523: This One Time ago
Chapter 524: Between Mortal and Something Else ago
Chapter 525: Stand at the Front ago
Chapter 526: The End Of the World ago
Chapter 527: Band of Misfits ago
Chapter 528: The Pile of Disturbing Things ago
Chapter 529: Information Exchange ago
Chapter 530: Tampering With That Kind of Power ago
Chapter 531: You Don't Have it in You ago
Chapter 532: Good Luck Fighting Evil ago
Chapter 533: Special Boy ago
Chapter 534: Strictly Necessary ago
Chapter 535: Opportunists ago
Chapter 536: A Bland Kind of Alchemy ago
Chapter 537: Ideal Enemy ago
Chapter 538: Trying to Kill Jason Again ago
Chapter 539: Here to Steal ago
Chapter 540: Not Really a Rules Guy ago
Chapter 541: A Comparison He Could Avoid ago
Chapter 542: Portal Logistics ago
Chapter 543: It Won't Be a Good Reason ago
Chapter 544: Bait and Switch ago
Chapter 545: That Kind of Power Can Be Lonely ago
Chapter 546: Blame ago
Chapter 547: Speed ago
Chapter 548: Delicate Flowers ago
Chapter 549: Hope ago
Chapter 550: Preferred Option ago
Chapter 551: Sloppy Mistake ago
Chapter 552: Criteria ago
Chapter 553: A Matter of Values ago
Chapter 554: A Little Damage ago
Chapter 555: Infiltrating the Stronghold ago
Chapter 556: Coming in Hot ago
Chapter 557: We Are Fighting Monsters ago
Chapter 558: Just Some Administrator ago
Chapter 559: Family Issues ago
Chapter 560: A Power That You've Overlooked ago
Chapter 561: Nostalgia ago
Chapter 562: Saving the Day With the Power of Quips ago
Chapter 563: Keep it Light ago
Chapter 564: Enough to Kill You With Power to Spare ago
Chapter 565: A Significantly Different Paradigm ago
Chapter 566: Something Drastic ago

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Just love it only found it about a month ago on Audible went through all 3 books on there then found this just finished volume 2 and about to start 3 love the characters and the story arks world building all of it just want more and more in my opinion it's amazing 



A good story with interesting characters and concepts. Regular updates and very easy to binge read!

Also the way the characters evolve is in a natural and smooth fashion which works very well with the flow of the story!



Sometimes the writing style is a bit unclear (and wasn't a huge fan of the bit with the door on Earth) but overall definitely 5 star!


Was 4.5 and i changed it to 5.

The author is really good, the story is great and the characters are even better. 

Mc is kinda anoying, but in a refreshing way. All thr side characters are lovely and not generic, are all different and intereating.  

The start is a bit slow, but it just gets better with every chapter. 


I also didnt get bored while reading this, and i usually get bored and take breaks from all my novels, so i totally recommend this novel. Probably the best one on this website.





As of 294, Fun Read, Neat World, Makes me hungry

Reviewed at: Chapter 294: Moppet

As of Chapter 294~


The MC is enjoyable and i think the writers hit a good stride in the most recent ark. There was a slight lul in the pacing during a previous ark involving some episode in a bottle shenanigans but i really like this wise cracking protagonist facing some very short awkward realities. 

I think the biggest criticism is that the writer is a tad too into his protagonist, but all in all I think that lends a certain air of 'ITS Soo Cool' to Jason which is kinda nice. 


If it was possible to give a higher character score than 5 I absolutely would. The development of MC feels natural. Flawed and imperfect. Gradual. 11/5 rarely do you get someone who can encapture the damage done to a character's mentality so well. 

Generally when you get the "normal" isekai MC they quickly turn into this cold detached sociopath who only cares about power leveling. Jason suffers through his decisions goes through clear anxiety and depression. He angsts about the changes but moves past them to survive. Yes he continues cracking jokes and is always quirky to the max, but he becomes darker as it goes on. Subtle and occasionally brutal nods to his embroiled mental well-being are given on a consistent basis if you watch his interactions. Masterful work. 

Yes the beginning of the story is slower than many would like but that is the price you pay for PROPER world building. While the novel starts off a bit messy and it is clear the author had not yet hit his stride the improvements made even by the end of arc 1 are tremendous.
Truth be told my main complaint (beyond an occasional misspelling or incorrect word placement.... which honestly could just be because Australian is a different dialect of English than I'm used to) is the lack of chapters. I've read through what's available twice and am still left wanting more. Easily my favorite web fiction!


So, first, let's start by saying that I am up to date with the novel at the moment.

Then we will continue onto the good points of the novel.

First one is a character building, author has quite an insight to show how one person transforms into another version of oneself, though different experiences.

Second, an interesting consept of power, while I won't call it too unique, it is one of the good system novels, pluses are system ain't intelligent, it has restrictions, it isn't too strange to the inhabitant of the isekai world as they have something like that.

Third is a fantastic world and villain building, there's alot of different scenarios that happen so that something bigger can happen. Villain's mostly aren't generic.

Fourth is humor, it is here and it is good.

Fifth is explanations, if there's a super strong bad guy who appears, he doesn't simply give up once the job is half done. There's a reason why the bad guy is around the strength of the place where he appears, either because of the lack of something or some restrictive factors.

I think that is all that I will write here, stay safe and healthy, and have a great day.


This story had a damn good start, but then got a bit lost for a while, at some point in the last hundred chapters or so, its gotten back to being damn good.

There were a lot of complaints about how the MC was written, but honestly, I have found Jason to be quite funny and I enjoy his interactions with the rest of the characters. Maybe the salty aussie banter translates better for me as a South African than for a northern hemisphere audience. I will say that for a while, Jason would have slotted in perfectly in a season of Gilmore Girls, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. The dialogue is now solid, and while Jason was a bit flat as a character, the author has improved his writing to the extent that he now feels like a person with real emotions.

The other place the story fails a bit is... the story. It got a bit wonky in the middle, lacking direction and missing an overarching threat and a sense of purpose for a while, but it seems to have a decent direction now, and I am actually interested in how all the threads develop. My only small complaint is that the "villain" is once again, not fully fleshed out, though, there is no word limit on the internet, so does it really matter if the chapters are constantly ratcheting up the tension?

This is, for now, my favourite story on RR.


I started reading HWFWM when it first started going on RR (feels like a long time ago, but really hasn't been all that long).

In the beginning, I was wary: was this just another isekai litrpg in an oversaturated genre?

But the book quickly distinguished itself with its solid prose, unique magic system, and excellent characterization. Characters all had motivations that were consistent with worldbuilding and felt alive. The MC, Jason Asano, is a standout. He undergoes significant hardship and character development. Additionally, he's just an entertaining MC to follow because he likes to ramble and act bizarre to throw people off balance. He's not at all a typical MC and that atypicalness is 100% shown, not told.

I took a break from this book for a while, waiting for the backlog to pile up. Now that I'm caught up again, I can only say that this book is excellent and has an incredibly ambitious scope. Thankfully, Shirtaloon has shown himself having the appropriate stamina to keep writing continuously, and the series is profitable enough to fund itself far into the future. In other words, I have faith the book is going to have an end, and given the scope of the world we've seen so far as well as foreshadowing, that end is going to be epic.

100% worth buying the series on Amazon (to catch up to the RR baseline).

Thanks again Shirtaloon for sharing this story with us. I was having a pretty terrible day when I decided to kick off my binge (around the start of arc 2) and your book made my day significantly better. What more can you ask for?

Wilhelm Kempe

I will keep it short and simple.

This book is writen in an increadably entertaining and fresh way. It is captivating, hillarious and sometimes even completely serious! (but only sometimes!)

Jason, um Asano? I only know realized that I have only ever heard his name (read title) is an out of the ordinary MC that is both as lovable as he is annoying.

The aduio books are something that got me through countless (50h 57min countelss) hours of tedious work! 

Finally I have to say, Colin for president!
Thanks for you work!


I genuinely cannot stop reading this series. I started reading it from the book on Amazon and tore through the first two fast enough that I knew I couldn't wait and had to keep reading here.

I like it so much that I fully intend to join the Patreon when I catch up. 

So far, I've read 300 chapters in less than a month and have no intent on stopping.