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

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Ray The Red
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Enjoyable and Action-packed

Having read quite a few LitRPG's this is definitely one of the good ones, since the mechanics facilitiate the plot and story progression rather than being the plot. Admitedly, the first few chapters are weakest in this area, but introducing the interface system is always a hit or miss process, and Shirtaloon's decission to not focus on numbers and stats allows him to avoid turning them into spreadsheets. They also do a good job of establishing Jason, the protagonist, as a sarcastic 23 year old with a healthy desire to survive his currenlty mysterious circumstances.

Once he figures out that he's been Isekai'd he wonders what rules this new world plays by and which prior knowledge is applicable and which is not - something that the reader discovers along with him. While much is familar in the shape of fantasy tropes, the world building is solid enough to save it from being too generic. The plot progression is similar: predictable, but not dull or boring. Indeed, 'He Who Fights With Monsters' is fast paced and action-packed, although this does come at the cost of immersion. The grammar doesn't help in that regard, since the spelling errors, missing words, and jarring swtiches between third person limited and omniscient only exascerbate the issue. Nothing a good edit can't fix, though, and apart from that there aren't any glaring faults to be found.  

Yes, so far 'He Who Fights With Monsters' is an enjoyable take on the LitRPG, complete with fun main character, cliche villains, and magic powers galore. Eargerly looking forward to more and can heartily recommend it to those looking for a quick and competent read. 









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No comedy? Yes there is

Came looking for an enjoyable litrpg, found one and on top of that there was even unexpected hilarious humor.

Don't let the adsence of the tag fool you, this story has a lot of hilarious moments. Just amazing, keep it up.

The story itself is very enjoyable too, best of all I find the characters, good banter and the MC is just awesome.

The way he makes fun of the tropes and inplications of an isekai is just what I like.

Good release rate too, so dont let the relatively low page number discourage you, if you consider its only been 1 month since the start of the story.

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Man I have been dying to read a story like this, Isekai is a guilty pleasure and adventurer is basically synonymous with fantasy to me and this story does both well. It’s  got comedy great action awesome pacing and the main character has awesome abilities HE HAS FUCKING DOOM MAGIC I WANT DOOM MAGIC

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Well this is fantastic

funny, fun to read, logical, natural (well, realistic as far as what I could see myself behaving as), and neat system. 

Read and enjoy- now back to work!

Nova Kilem
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A truly enjoyable read

Although I've been reading/enjoying some of the novels on this site for quite a while , this is the first time that a fantasy story, be it litrpg or not, made me laugh out loud multiple times almost every chapter and kept me interested in the story and characters at the same time. Not to mention that the more serious parts also blend in very well with the rest of the story.

Since this fiction is being relatively fresh at the moment, it's hard to rate the story itself, but the pacing/progression of the story and style manage to create something which I find extremely pleasant to read compared to most novels of similar genre, including countless bestsellers.

Great humor, good pacing, intersting story so far, lovable characters.

Can't wair for more.

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Godamn good novel !! The originality is almost flawless...the Plot too !! And the well made Comidian scene and joks are all rightfully placed !! 5str for this !! Enough score to describe how good it is ! Damn creativity !!!


Congratulation author and beware of Qidian Int. 

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This is one of the best stories on royal road. Period. It is one of those beautiful gems that would be an excelent read as a regular book that you had to pay for, and the fact that Shirtaloon gifts us with his work for free as he writes it is a true miracle. Whether you want an interesting world, a novel magic system, a well developed and likeable character or anything else, you will enjoy this book. 

So please, go forth and read it.

The 1st progenitor
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Hi, I don’t usually do full reviews but this gem certainly deserves it. The protagonist is extremely likeable, and genuinely charismatic, making friends quick enough that people could almost assume foul play (magic) if he wasn’t “specced” in a different direction.

The magic system of this world is unique in that I haven’t read anything quite like it. 

In terms of character, so far all those introduced are 3 dimensional characters with their own flaws and strengths, the main character is no exception. I Eagerly look forward to later chapters and cannot wait to see the way this story progresses

Euclaid Galieane
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Sets a bar for other fictions to reach in terms of characters, quality, and ideas.

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Some of the best you'll find on RR

It's Good, the characters interactions are enjoyable the mechanics are original I can't find much fault here keep it up! G'day Mate!