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.


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

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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.

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Was good but the morality and ideology bullshit ruined it

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.

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Quality Writing and Captivating Story

It’s not often a story captivates me to the point where I binge read all that is available. The only bad thing I can say is that I will now have to unfortunately wait for updates, but even that is mollified by your frequent update schedule. 


You are talented: Jason feels human with interests beyond fighting, plot hooks and foreshadowing are nice and clear, and I don’t feel drowned by exposition that lacks impact (as it does in other popular stories on this site).


I find myself comparing the quality of your story to the likes of Threadbare,hopefully this is taken as a compliment by you Shirtaloon!

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I read until chapter 46. 
It has good world-building and system, but the MC character is what forced me to drop it.
There are many flaws in his character that was mentioned in other reviews, I will skip them because for me at least they are not a deal-breaker, but everyone in the novel excepting the MC and not mentioning them is. The main reason I dropped the novel when the MC began to force his ideology on others. It is fine to be free-spirited, but when you start to disrespect and mock everything that is not the way you think is not.
For example he doesn't believe in gods, but he goes to a temple and makes fun of the people and the god there. You can just leave when you not like it or make an argument or not come to a temple in the first place but don't appear and make fun of others and their beliefs. 
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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.


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I have read hundreds of books and stories on RR. This is the most overrated one by far.The most arrogant suicidal snobbish mc i have ever read about. We get it - you are an atheist. Hurr durr, so mainstream today. You’re the only smart one - even the goddes of knowledge finds your forced humour hilarious!! He started witty in the first chapters, now he’s just extremely annoying. Too bad someone didn’t kill him for his suicidal disrespect while being in a foreign land. That’s like seeing Kim Jong Un and cracking jokes at his face before his followers expecting untouchable. I have a feeling the author is an atheist and wants the atheist MC to show his dominance over all Gods while being a little nobody - and escaping unscathed. Dropping this story.

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A Man out of Time/Place/Control.

Here we find a man who was yanked from his place in the mundane and thrown into a world of magic and brutality. Jason struggles to gain some semblance of control over his life after finding himself woefully unprepared for a world ready to kill him should he be unlucky enough to not stumble away fast enough from ever-present dangers. Finding a place in the world, keeping himself alive, and trying to not lose what makes him, well, him. Watch as he grows stronger, provokes everyone who catches on his lines, and pretty much does his best to not break down mentally.

The story is nice, nothing new, but very well executed.

The grammar is impeccable.

The writing style is right up my alley, a serious story with copious amounts of comedy and action.

The characters and world grow from a solid foundation, starting with a small snippet and eventually growing as the chapters roll along.

Overall, definitely a recommended read.

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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.

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It may have been good if not...

As others mentioned, the mc and by extention the author is more busy obsessing over pc/sjw/etc (as someone phrased it the "The perfect millenial stereotype mc") bullshit instead , it layered on so thick it's disgusting, holy fuck you are in a life and death battle but you feel that NOW is the time to push the feminist agenda? Thinking about an uknown guy as "the black guy" is racist? I get that it is supposed to be comedy but somehow half the comedy and the plot is about modern issues that really have no place in a fantasy story.

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Read it you probably won't regret it, unless you care about characters.

Like go ahead and read it, its fun. 

That said i have serious issues with the characters. 

The mc is fine, but is a bully. And i feel like the author has after the fact made the victim of the bullying more evil then he really was, in response to my and other peoples feedback. Just to justify the mc being a totall dick for his own benifits against him. 

Besides that, i really dislike how the romance was handeld in this story. While i saw people praising the way it was handeld, i feel like those people generaly just hated romance. And would rather skip all dates, conversations etc. etc. that comes with romance. It literally went from: hi> thanks for escorting me to a auction> to waking up after having presumed having sexs 20 chapters later. With no contact, date or anything between.

Not to even mention how she is the sister of the bully-victim/forced bad guy. I mean really! WHO THE **** SLEEPS WITH THE BULLY OF ONE OF YOUR SIBBLINGS. ( they don't even hate eachother, the siblings i mean) 

But besides these points, its a enjoyable read.