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
Chapter 106: Something Shady ago

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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. 

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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


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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.

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Non standard litrpg is a plus for me and I personally find the story funny at times.

aleast the all the g'day's and shovels

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I'm loving the characters and the power system. The story is progressing well and I'm truly enjoying it. Good stuff, keep up the good work please.

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Great job and some thoughts on the novel

I am enjoying to story so far, the main character is powerful in his own right however the author has kept in check the balance of the story making it an enjoyable read, with the reader looking forward to what comes next.

The story so far stays true to an adventurous spirit and I look forward to the development of comradery between the main characters.

I believe there is potential for an underlying romantic subplot to be implemented into the story and hope that if done so the author will take into account that often times the enjoyable part of a romance is the journey and often not the final destination, especially with an adventure focused story such as this one.

All in all, I recommend this as a quality story on royal road and thank the author for the hard work he/she has been putting into it. +Respect

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Fresh Portal Fantasy LitRPG

He Who Fights With Monsters is a portal fantasy with a fresh litRPG system and solid characters.

The litRPG system in the story benefits from effectively being a well thought out hard magic system that the MC can interact with via a system thanks to being from another world. In addition, the MC's build is looking very interesting, and has the potential to be great for the story. It is not OP, but situationally strong with clear weaknesses, and the story and characters recognize this.

It's hard to put a finger on all of the exact reasons why, but this story feels fresh in a variety of ways. In addition to the magic system and balanced build discussed above, the reaction of the native adventurers and dialogue style are quite different as well.

To the native adventurers, outworlders are uncommon but not unheard of, making them generally familiar with the way the MC interacts with the magic system using litRPG mechanics. This allows for a lot of entertaining discussions and conversation that one wouldn't normally see in a story like this. The dialogue style is also highly entertaining, with the quirks of a very Austrailian MC being on full display. The dialogue is sometimes both a strength and weakness of the story, since while it is always funny and well-done, it can sometimes get a bit repetitive.

The main and supporting characters have been well established so far. The MC has been given some good depth and is an interesting character, and the adventurers have each been given disctint personalities fleshed out via their banter with the MC and each other. 

The grammar could be improved a bit, since there are sometimes noticeable but minor spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors in chapters. 

The release schedule helps as well, since 5 decent-length chapters a week maintains a strong story pace.

I would strongly recommend this story.

(As of Chapter 32)

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Honestly one of the best stories I’ve read on this site. 

The MC is funny, not an idiot (in the frustrating way), well thought out and an all round good guy without being a ‘nice guy’ I honestly hope this is a self insert just so that I know that there is a guy out there who’s like this

The story is maybe a little on the slower side and the chapters seem a bit short but that very well might just be because I enjoy them so much that it seems like they’ve barely started when they end.

The writing is great, there are no glaring problems with grammar or spelling. I haven’t noticed any actually but I admittedly haven’t been looking. 

All round great read, 100% recommend and I can’t wait for this to blow up even more once it hits trending. 

Really getting spoiled by all the great stories being released recently.

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Probably most of the stories on Royal Road start with a MC who wakes up in a blue-screened world. That doesn't mean that there isn't a spread in the quality of the work. I'm on chapter 39 and this, this is quality.

Strongest point is the very likeable MC. He's funny, good-natured, and equanimous.

Dialog is easy to read and sounds right. Fun banter. (So important!)

The story has a fairly unique magic system. (I'm a fan of the incantations.) I've never played a game with a similar system or read a book with a system like it.

In conclusion, this story is why I love Royal Road. Sometimes you find high quality, well written, should be books. I'll be using the Patreon link as soon as it is up. I really recommend that you read this story!

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Funny, good characters, interesting skills and system. Can’t wait to read more!