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.

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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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Fool
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Enjoyable Read, up to 45, also lmao some of these reviews

As mentioned before, the banter between several of the supporting cast and main cast is comedic in nature despite the horror of the main story theme. A lot of the violence inherent in this book and the fight scenes are derived from, at least from what I imagine, a very believable struggle it would be with having a world full of randomly powered people wandering around.

The main character is sometimes disarmingly funny, and sometimes worryingly casual with the awful things that keep happening. That isn't a problem for me because his character is consistent and shows sign of growth or 'breaking out' in the nearish future. The fact that the supporting cast also seems concerned with his behaviors is also a relief.

Positive:

Uh, it's a LitRPG with a custom system: check

Consistent release and scheduling: check

We don't see blue boxes every time a squirrel is kicked, a fart sniffed, or the protagonist manages to maintain a steady breathing rhythm.

I like how irregular some of his skills seem and that he meets failure on occasion.

The Negative: 

This seems to have gotten really popular quite fast, so the author must be feeling the pressure, esp. with some of these reviewers being critical of the fact that the Litrpg is... a litrpg.

I like our small supporting cast but I wish there were more characters that were fleshed out a bit more.

I also like how the skills work but feel that the story could stand to have some stakes other than "I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was..." 

Currency is super easy for the MC, so much so that it appears to be worthless.

But hey, most of those are all future wishes for the most part and it feels like the author is just getting started.

 

TLDR: Set aside some time and give it a try.

Sennou
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It's nice, but needs some real work on dialogue, just throwing "he/she said" makes it very poor.

zmikez
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One of the few stories that I not only immediately read on chapter release, but am actually excited to read. I'm not even sure how many updates I have in my feed that I let build up to 10 chapters. Having releases every other day or more is a godsend.

So yeah, what can I say? It's a genuinely good story. I like the characters, I like the reactions. The number of competent people around him is a little high though. In general people are much dumber and much less likely to notice the political games he plays. Counter to this however, is that most of the people that notice are nobles. People specifically trained in that kind of thing, so it's still believable.

Honestly, if it's still this good by time it hits 100 chapters and it hasn't been dropped it'll probably be another author I consider supporting on patreon. Still scarred after the last one immediately went on hiatus after committing T_T

Nerocarson
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i love your writing please keep it comin!! At first you're not sure if he's just a normal dude and then you pull out the dark and sinister, then pop back over to the normal guy who just wants to get by, genius.

Adelaide
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Well-Written, Enjoyable, and Not One to Miss

A very good LITRPG story, of the isekai variety. An Asian-Australian with a gift for obfuscating talk and strong opinions on politics and culture goes to a fantasy world with a rather unique set of RPG mechanics attached to it.

 

There have been other reviews which say that everyone's in love with the MC, but I don't see it. Yes, he's different from the cultural norms of the world he was sent to, and this makes him an oddity, but he's being used by most of his 'friends'. The story goes out of it's way to show that the MC, Jason, while a decently smart and observant guy, is blinded by his cultural prejudices and is not as smart as he thinks he is. Yes, he's good at manipulating people, but mainly because of the vast amount of media he's consumed. There are no new stories under the sun, after all, and locals who are unfamiliar with the tropes of fiction can be counted on to not act in a 'meta' way. They haven't been raised, after all, on hundreds of stories with a corrupt child of someone important getting their comeuppance, for example.

 

I really enjoy it, and I recommend it to others. The MC can seem like a lot in the early chapters, but the way his thinking works is spelled out pretty well later on.

Mad Mardigan
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I’ve been scouring Royal Road for months and this is one of the best stories i’ve read.  Read this one you won’t be disappointed : )

Chabu
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Very good amazing MC

The plot is pretty standard isekai stuff. And while the system and power system of this novel is pretty fun to read it's the MC that actualy makes it for me.

This is probably one of my favorite MC's of any of the novels I have read lately, simply because his snarkiness and sarcastic comments remind me of me and how I wish I could just throw social conventions out the window to snark at people.

Good read. Hilarious MC. I don't particularly remember seeing any grammatical errors or funky sentences. Aussie mentality is amazing, what more could you want.

Stop reading this review and start reading already.

MMMMMM
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Most witty web serial out there

 This web serial is well written, fast paced and with an innovating litrpg system. The reson why people love it or hate it is mainly the MC. 

The MC is witty, funny and has a lot of charisma but also has strong biliefs. In most published fiction authors dont know how to write a character like that or they consider it too much risk for the rejection that cause to most people who are use to vanilla mc.

This work is the best of litRPG in this site.

LVL. 1 SUBSIDY
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cbo95
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Some of the best writing on this site. Especially the dialogue. I'm constantly impressed by how unique and thoughtful the main character is written.

This looks like a slowly developing story that could take a while to finish. I'm hoping there is an overarching plot (or some time skips) that will kick this up a notch. 

Either way, I'm along for the ride for as long as it lasts!