He Who Fights With Monsters

by Shirtaloon

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

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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
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
Chapter 89: Anti-Pirate Operations ago
Chapter 90: The Path to Bronze ago
Chapter 91: Life & Death ago
Chapter 92: Unusual Contract ago
Chapter 93: Truth ago
Chapter 94: Consequences ago
Chapter 95: Punishment ago
Chapter 96: You Don't Get a Third ago
Chapter 97: Integrity is Sexy ago
Chapter 98: The Point of Money and Power ago
Chapter 99: Someone Else's Game ago
Chapter 100: Legwork ago
Chapter 101: Fantasy World Goodness ago
Chapter 102: You Fight Like Me ago
Chapter 103: Silver Hair ago
Chapter 104: An Outcome That Satisfies ago
Chapter 105: You Aren't in Control of What Happens Next ago
Chapter 106: Something Shady ago
Chapter 107: All The Good People We Can Get ago
Chapter 108: You Don't Have the Strength ago
Chapter 109: The Tyranny of Rank ago
Chapter 110: Help Arrives ago
Chapter 111: Strange Star ago
Chapter 112: The Accumulation of a Life ago
Chapter 113: You Should Work on Making Enemies ago
Chapter 114: Climbing Mountains ago
Chapter 115: Nothing Can Hurt You Like Hope ago
Chapter 116: See You in Court ago
Chapter 117: Six-Month Lease ago
Chapter 118: The Perks of Being an Essence User ago
Chapter 119: This is the Moment ago
Chapter 120: Iron Rank ago
Chapter 121: Getting Stoned ago
Chapter 122: Children ago
Chapter 123: Star Seed ago
Chapter 124: It's About How You Use It ago
Chapter 125: We End Here ago
Chapter 126: Poison Pill ago
Chapter 127: Let's Just Fight Monsters ago
Chapter 128: Damage You Shouldn't Walk Away From ago
Chapter 129: Picking Out the Good Ones ago
Chapter 130: Events Loom Large ago
Chapter 131: What the Geller Name is Worth ago
Chapter 132: Cleansed ago
Chapter 133: It Just Takes Practise ago
Chapter 134: World Building ago
Chapter 135: Fabulous Prizes ago
Chapter 136: Any Team Except Yours ago
Chapter 137: More Than One Clown ago
Chapter 138: Resurrection ago
Chapter 139: Manifestation ago
Chapter 140: Potential ago
Chapter 141: Weaponising a Barbecue ago
Chapter 142: This Town Ain't Big Enough ago
Chapter 143: The Second-Best Adventurer ago
Chapter 144: Arrival ago
Chapter 145: Full Jason ago
Chapter 146: Versatile ago
Chapter 147: I Don't Like This Plan ago
Chapter 148: Impossible to Subdue ago
Chapter 149: The Price We Pay Doesn't Matter ago
Chapter 150: Make the Most of It ago
Chapter 151: Wake ago
Chapter 152: I Cant Trust Any of It ago
Chapter 153: Legacy ago
Chapter 154: A Rash Decision ago
Chapter 155: It's A Good One ago
Chapter 156: The City of Fallen Echoes ago
Chapter 157: Shade ago
Chapter 158: Seriously Hardcore ago
Chapter 159: Mixed Medication ago
Chapter 160: Giving People Choices ago
Chapter 161: A Well-Informed Man ago
Chapter 162: The Danger is Us ago
Chapter 163: Surplus to Requirements ago
Chapter 164: A Worse Plan ago
Chapter 165: No One Has That Coming ago
Chapter 166: Part of Being a Team ago
Chapter 167: Making a Spectacle of Himself ago
Chapter 168: Team Change ago
Chapter 169: Company Worth Keeping ago
Chapter 170: He Who Fights With Monsters ago
Chapter 171: Irreconcilable Ideals ago
Chapter 172: Meanwhile, Two Weeks Ago in Greenstone... ago
Chapter 173: Take the Loot and Go ago
Chapter 174: Making an Exit ago
Chapter 175: Shallow Earth ago
Chapter 176: Relief ago
Chapter 177: Glory ago
Chapter 178: Display of Gratitude ago
Chapter 179: The Person I Decided to Be ago
Chapter 180: You Have Friends to Help You ago
Chapter 181: Blob Body ago
Chapter 182: Particular Appetites ago
Chapter 183: Domineering, Territorial and Robust ago
Chapter 184: More Shady as We Go Along ago
Chapter 185: Magnificent Entity ago
Chapter 186: I Try to Find the Truth, But That's Your Hiding Place ago
Chapter 187: The Last Reward ago
Chapter 188: Impossible Wasn't Enough ago
Chapter 189: Eclipse ago
Chapter 190: A Question You Don't Yet Know to Ask ago
Chapter 191: Looking Forward ago
Chapter 192: Adventurers Are People Too ago
Chapter 193: Valkyrie ago
Chapter 194: Departures ago
Chapter 195: No Pot of Gold ago
Chapter 196: The Glory of Success or the Price of Failure ago
Chapter 197: Adequate ago
Chapter 198: Trash Bonanza ago
Chapter 199: Strangeness ago
Chapter 200: Full Circle ago
Chapter 201: Regretting it Later ago
Chapter 202: Swat ago
Chapter 203: The Purpose of the Adventure Society ago
Chapter 204: Elven Storage Solutions ago
Chapter 205: Disbanded ago
Chapter 206: The Man Behind the Mouth ago
Chapter 207: Search ago
Chapter 208: Defiance ago
Chapter 209: Hanging Around ago
Chapter 210: What Doesn't Kill You ago
Chapter 211: Lingering Doubts ago
Chapter 212: Scars ago
Chapter 213: I Won't Let Them Turn Me Into That ago
Chapter 214: Putting the Band Back Together ago
Chapter 215: Nothing Speaks Louder Than Power ago
Chapter 216: My Name is Jason Asano ago
Chapter 217: While They Watch Me Kill You ago
Chapter 218: Inherently Corrupting ago
Chapter 219: Beholden to No One ago
Chapter 220: Evil Detector ago
Chapter 221: The World Needs People Like You ago
Chapter 222: I'm Very Big on Cowardice ago
Chapter 223: More Powerful Than We Anticipated ago
Chapter 224: Fate Can't Wait to Kill Us All ago
Chapter 225: Running Towards Something ago
Chapter 226: Greenhouse Flowers ago
Chapter 227: A Man Transformed ago
Chapter 228: The Worst Possible Option ago
Chapter 229: Brave Little Tailor ago
Chapter 230: Terms of the Pact ago
Chapter 231: Trading Safety Today For Death Tomorrow ago
Chapter 232: Stalwart ago
Chapter 233: I'm Sick of Fighting Magic Rocks ago
Chapter 234: Crossing the Threshold ago
Chapter 235: Anyone Can Be Useful ago
Chapter 236: A Series of Familiar Powers ago
Chapter 237: It's Not About Killing Monsters ago
Chapter 238: Sin Eater ago
Chapter 239: The Most Dangerous Thing in the Dark ago
Chapter 240: The Boss Comes to Town ago
Chapter 241: It's Very Complicated and You All Need to Go Away ago
Chapter 242: Strong Foundations ago
Chapter 243: A Valiant Death ago
Chapter 244: Ambitions ago
Chapter 245: Faith and Glory ago
Chapter 246: Thadwick ago
Chapter 247: The True Danger ago
Chapter 248: Forsaken Place ago
Chapter 249: Being What He Needs to Be ago
Chapter 250: A Significantly More Dangerous Entity ago
Chapter 251: Losing the Battle to Win the War ago
Chapter 252: War of Adaptation ago
Chapter 253: The Hero of This Story ago
Chapter 254: Good News, Bad News ago
Chapter 255: Here We Go ago
Chapter 256: Outmatched ago
Chapter 257: The Power of Friendship ago
Chapter 258: A War of Stolen Moments ago
Chapter 259 (interval): Clive Takes Charge ago
Chapter 260 (interval): Lessons ago

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Great potential ruined by horrible pacing, chapter length and lack of foresight

Reviewed at: Chapter 178: Display of Gratitude

Lets start this off with a little disclaimer: I like this story, first and foremost. How the author writes as well as the world he built is fanatastic, and I can't understate how much I want to enjoy this story, but can't. Moving onto the bad however-- and my largest issue with this book--Holy shit Shirtaloon your chapter length is atrocious. And I'm not talking about pure word count, I'm talikng about fluff. Oh god, the amount of fluff in this story is fucking absurd, I swear if you removed all of the fluff and meaningless banter out of the story and compressed the chapters into only the important stuff, the amount of chapters would be less than 70, and the page count wouldn't breach 1000. That's not to say all the banter or fluff should be removed, however. A good chunk of the author's writing style has to do with the characters poking fun at eachother. But when that banter is the majority of each chapter's content, then we start having a problem. Especially so due to the fact that this is in no way a Slice of Life story. And this fluff RUINs the story's pacing and plot porgression, to the point that the plot barely even exists. I understand that the Shirtaloon wants to have a consistent, daily upload schedule, but that consistent schedule is butchering this story and I think most reader(if they actually care about the story) would stick with the author even if his upload schedule goes down to every other day or even once a week, if it meant that the chapters we do get are phenomonal. And my final grievance is that: Shirtaloon, you kinda fucked up the world's balance and Jason's(The MC) powers as a whole. This part isn't really a spoiler since we learn this withing the first 10 or so chapters so I'm not gonna put a spoiler here. Spirit Coins break any and all tension in this story. Wanna kill that boss that just won't die? Just pop a bronze spirit coin and  you'll fuck that bitch up in no time. Got on the wrong side of the law and now the're some silver rankers after your ass? Just shove a gold spirit coin down you gullet and your one of the most powerful people in the world for a bit. It's that fucking bad. For Jason's powers I will put a spoiler though.

Spoiler: Spoiler
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Stop after the waterfall part is done, and it might as well be a 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed at: Chapter 48: An Endless, Inescapable Nightmare

It starts off good, and for the first 35~ chapters, it remains as such, after that? Yeah no, the main character has plot armor that'd make Gary Stu wuxia characters jealous, seriously, the main character has been going through actions that would lead him to be a socially isolated person who'd be expelled from the city and yet he remains with no consequences, in fact, he gets rewarded for behaving like a brat. 

Also, quite hilarious, he's literally trying to force his culture and beliefs on their entire civilization while criticizing them for it.

Then there's the part about healers, and Anisa, anyone who has had high interactions with faith (i.e, not a new one like the Acolyte of Knowledge) is depicted as being horrible people, out of hand, in my opinion, to try and justify his hatred for religion. 

Which brings me to the final point, the main character was an atheist in the first thirty-five or so chapters, he didn't hide it, I didn't mind it, because he was still an affable character. After that? He's taken it to a new degree, and it seems the author's views have seeped into it, turning it from a mild affable atheist to an antagonistic atheist that would mock people for the sake of mocking them, with no consequences for doing the mocking.

I would recommend any reader to stop before the forty-fourth chapter.

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The Perfect Stereotypical Millennial

Reviewed at: Chapter 76: Preparations

[For the record, written after ch 65]. 

[Edited for: Some of the examples I use in the review could be considered spoilers. I don't think any of them are a big deal, but if you hate knowing anything about a story before reading it, then my tldr is It's good, read it, but I think the main character is a jerk.]

I like the story. It's laugh out loud funny at times. And there's some really cool worldbuilding. But...

The main character is getting annoying. He's actively atheist, in a world where lots of gods exist, and he's met two. I believe he hates the idea of a noble class, without acknowledging the fact that someone needs to kill all the monsters that keep spontaneously generating. He sympathized more with the monsters and cartoonishly evil humans than with the people who kill them. He wants to create a system of socialized medicine. He is able to make nearly everyone his friend, without any special magical skills, and from what little we know he was nothing like that back on Earth. Oh, and he automatically assumes the elf priestess of Purity hates him because she is racist.

And now he's giving the runaround to a guy from the Magic Society, merely because Jason "hates authority," as far as I can tell. 

He's got cool magic powers, but apparently the real struggle is Can Jason Educate These Poor Non-Woke People?

God help us if he ends up in a place with legal slavery.

Saffron Heart
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Bland characterization but a good Magic, Ranking &Fight System.

Reviewed at: Chapter 67: This is What it Means to Fight Me

I felt it was interesting initally. The magic system is good. The main character Jason seemed likeable. It's overall a nice read. The style, and fights are engaging.

There were a couple of characters introduced in the initial chapters who I thought would be more fleshed out eventually. But they have nothing going for them. No personal ambitions, no interesting character traits. The entire time they're discussing and worrying about Jason, as if their entire world revolved around him. They're merely acting as automated tools for Jason's progress in this story and nothing else. Can't think of any unique quality each of these characters have that makes them integral to the story or to the MC's character development in any meaningful way. 

As the story goes on, Jason becomes less and less likeable for me.

The magical abilities he gains are indeed interesting and used in creative ways. Character wise, He's an abrasive talker and all dialogues he's involved in seems a bit forced. The dialogues try too hard to be clever; so in the end comes off as either boggling or annoying. Thus, the politics and socializing stuff gets very boring.

Jason's views are sort of the embodiment of the immature liberal atheist who rejects authority, and he goes about expressing his view of ethics&morality in most annoying ways.

He also gets rewarded for being annoying. The story is trying to push the MC into the top ranks of social standing through his abrasive actions, which apparently are supposed to be well thought out. 

I would suggest readers to pick this up only if they are interested in the magic system, style and the fights. I will be sticking with this story for a while because of the consistent update schedule and the fairly interesting magic usage and fights.

--Will be updating this review as I read on.

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First of all, skip chapter 9. It does nothing for the story, except be unbelievable unrealistic.

Now, let's get the easy ones out of the way quickly:

Grammar is exellent, no mistakes I found (didn't specifically look for them though).

Writing style is overall great, but has some parts where the infodump is a bit much. Fitting for the story, but too much to be enjoyable to read.

The more difficult parts are story and character scores.

Story: The world and the LitRPG-System are great. Rich in new ideas and interesting mecanics. The overarching plot however is somewhat weak, not bad per se, but lacking in ... motivation? I think is the best word for it.

Character: Let's start with the side characters. They are decent. They fit neatly into the world, but most are too nice to the MC, in a trusting sort of way. They also seem to be affected by the mood of the MC way to easy. Apart from that there hasn't been enough focus on them to say more.

The MC however killed this fiction for me. At first (8 chapters) I really liked him. Snarky, level headed, confused, scared, everything you expect in an isekai situation.

After chapter 8 his fear simply got switched off. 

And in the following chapters he becomes more and more insane or rather his entire persona became compulsive snark.

Further, pain doesn't effect this MC. Sure there is mention of "it hurts", but it effects neither his movement nor his decision making.

At some point I simply didn't enjoy the MC anymore. I still kept going because I wanted to know more about the world and system. But when he started picking fights with every religious person he met it was too much for me. 

The MC thinks his ideals are right and argues with everyone who disagrees. Which would be ok, if his arguments made any sense, but in the world he is in they don't and if he would spent 10 seconds thinking about it he and anyone really would realize that. 

-------------Dropped at chapter 46

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Interesting and fun start, but lost it's magic.

Reviewed at: Chapter 55: Rune Tortoise

Really enjoyed the first 30 chapters, with a very well done beginning and a fun main character. The power / magic system was really fun, but after a while the story slowed down, the MC turned boring, and the action stopped.

There is no main conflict, or purpose and the story really looses something because of it. The side characters and sub plots are not that entertaining or fleshed out, and the later stages of the story suffers because of it.

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TL;DR:Okay Isekai marred with character problems.

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Style: This is style is quite odd.

Environments are detailed enough to give you a good view of the scene, so does the actions, allowing you to properly imagine everything.

Except facial expressions and body language, because of this the dialogue stilted and uninteresting, it's only "Jason said", "Other person said" and etc., nothing else to spice up our imagination.

It gives you the feeling of something missing, you also quickly forget the faces of characters since there's no glimpses of descriptions to refresh your memory.

The personalities of characters also feel bland since there's a lack of quirks being shown, like for example a person who smiles a lot, other who's always smirking, another who's always serious, things like this.


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

Story: There's no real ovearaching plot yet, just a story of Jason getting over the shit that has been thrown at him, then learning about this new world and training to get stronger.

Spoiler: Spoiler

Character: Jason, 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).

In the end, he's an asshole. It's okay to write assholes but Jason is surviving his assholishness by pure luck, no way someone is that cunning to take to so many gambles and come out (relatively) unscratched. His plot armor is too strong.

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Great start but worrying flaws (edited at the end)

Reviewed at: Chapter 47: Mirage Chamber

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.


EDIT: Was waiting to see how Jason most importantly evolved and I was disappointed. At the start, he had the excuse of a concussion but apparently he is just dumb. MUUH I'm an atheist while there is gods right in front of you...... please.

He has apparently a passion to protect people but never was interested by being a policeman. He is so outgoing but didn't have friends on earth. Did the travel in another dimension changed his soul with someone else or something?

Lastly he has to be funny. In every dialogue the mc has to be funny. He is a funny guy you know.

My conclusion, good start, interesting system, when it comes to characterization though the author has at the moment no idea of what he is doing.

Andrew B. Salmon
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excellent World-building and mechanics; unlikable MC

Reviewed at: Chapter 191: Looking Forward

Reviewing this story is a struggle. I want to like He Who Fights with Monsters far more than I actually do. It should be an easy 5 star rating, given its various strong points, but it falls short too often.

I'll start with the good: The magic system is fantastic. The writing is generally crisp and entertaining, with sufficient description without veering into flowery language. Side characters and their abilities are well-thought-out, with fun quirks or surprising characteristics (team Clive for me; he’s my guy). I love learning about new essences and awakening stones, and reading about the fights — whether PvP, PvE, or simulated squad battles — is rip roaring fun. The twisting politics are also entertaining, though they often come off as surface-level manipulations for the purpose of keeping the story going.

So, why doesn't this earn more than 4 stars from me? The quality is quite high, after all, so 4 stars feels a bit on the low side. The cons, for me, are almost entirely wrapped in the MC, Jason Asano. He's by turns charming and despicable, with an aggravating lack of humility or respect. He rampages through the world, stepping on toes and starting fights, yet never seems to truly pay for his actions. Sure, sometimes it results in uncomfortable side-effects, but there's never a real consequence for him proving over and over again that he's a relentless, aggressive, unabashed sociopath.

But! He’s so brilliant! Everyone loves him! Applaud his clever social maneuvering and sophisticated grasp of psychology and philosophy that leaves all the dumb people out of their depth! 

Another thing that left a poor taste in my mouth is the condescending approach toward religion, which the author reinforces through both narrative and the MC's attitudes and actions. Early on, we see a caricature of a church, which is clearly just a front for baddies. It's stereotypical and lame. Yes — spoilers — we see some other churches and gods eventually that are genuine, but the cheesy trope of religion being untrustworthy has already done its damage. Jason is at times downright nasty and caustically atheistic. I realize that this is an imagined world, and not to be taken too seriously, but it still feels like the author's agenda seeps into the story.

He Who Fights With Monsters is still worth your time, but be prepared for some frustrations along the way. Good luck out there! Oh, but watch out for afflictions. Despite the state of the world these days, you just might learn to love spreading the plague. :)

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Was good but the morality and ideology bullshit ruined it

Reviewed at: Chapter 63: Sunk-Cost Fallacy

I came here for an adventure filled with action and fantasy. Not a MC (reflection of author probably) who starts spouting bullshit about his ideoloy of the world and moral beliefs. At some point (where i dropped the novel) almost every chapter was about his moral beliefs and his justification for manipulating people and forcing his beliefs onto them while disrespecting and ridiculing others. If it wasnt for that Id have given this around a 4.5 but now the novel is unreadable imo. Edy pretty much nailed it with his review and I was surprised to see someone felt the same way.