He Who Fights With Monsters

He Who Fights With Monsters

by Shirtaloon (Travis Deverell)

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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.

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All chapters following book 3 are available here, but due to Kindle Unlimited requirements, the chapters from books 1, 2 & 3, except for the first story arc, can no longer be hosted here.

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
Books available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and Audible ago
Chapter 267 (Volume II): A Better Pants Solution ago
Chapter 268: Time to Front Up ago
Chapter 269: The Single Greatest Thing on This Planet ago
Chapter 270: Some Secrets Change You Forever ago
Chapter 271: It Would Be Weirder If Magic Wasn't Responsible ago
Chapter 272: Not the Regular Sort of Dangerous ago
Chapter 273: Boogie Man ago
Chapter 274: More Plausible Than the Reality ago
Chapter 275: I Suggest You Be very Polite ago
Chapter 276: A Leather Coat and Tight, Black Pants ago
Chapter 277: A Knife in Its Sheath ago
Chapter 278: Underworld Bargain ago
Chapter 279: Time to Rip Off the Band-Aid ago
Chapter 280: Bullets, Bikes and Blood ago
Chapter 281: A Good Friend and a Very Bad Enemy ago
Chapter 282: Flavour Text ago
Chapter 283: Time For Context ago
Chapter 284: Brown Trousers Time ago
Chapter 285: The Complete Set ago
Chapter 286: More Valuable Than a Life ago
Chapter 287: Uncontrolled Factor ago
Chapter 288: Agendas ago
Chapter 289: Hegemons ago
Chapter 290: Guilty Conscience ago
Chapter 291: Uncommon Mistake ago
Chapter 292: It's Complicated ago
Chapter 293: A Big Dose of Normal ago
Chapter 294: Moppet ago
Chapter 295: Always Tell the Truth if You Can get Away With It ago
Chapter 296: Discretion is a Good idea ago
Chapter 297: The Cold Eyes of a Stranger ago
Chapter 298: Looking Down the Point of a Sword ago
Chapter 299: What Your Uncle Has Been Telling You ago
Chapter 300: The Moments That Decide Who You Are ago
Chapter 301: I'm Mysterious Now ago
Chapter 302: Hardline Position ago
Chapter 303: Otherwise Best Avoided ago
Chapter 304: Terms ago
Chapter 305: Section ago
Chapter 306: Core Users ago
Chapter 307: What You Call Observing ago
Chapter 308: Not the Monster ago
Chapter 309: Letting Him Run Rampant ago
Chapter 310: Old Testament Power ago
Chapter 311: My Turn ago
Chapter 312: Visually Distinctive Henchman ago
Chapter 313: Of Course It's Him ago
Chapter 314: The Price of Transgression ago
Chapter 315: The Time For Bold, Decisive Men ago
Chapter 316: Technical Issue ago
Chapter 317: The Long Game ago
Chapter 318: A Moment For Drastic Measures ago
Chapter 319: Foiled Plans ago
Chapter 320: Quite the Year ago
Chapter 321: Full Houseboat ago
Chapter 322: A Wizard Did It ago
Chapter 323: The King of Everyone ago
Chapter 324: I Came Back to Show You Wonders ago
Chapter 325: Mercy ago
Chapter 326: Ideal Circumstances ago
Chapter 327: The Blood and Death Guy ago
Chapter 328: A Lot of Anomalies ago
Chapter 329: Pitch Meetings ago
Chapter 330: Moving Forward ago
Chapter 331: Flemish Baroque ago
Chapter 332: Not Ready to Leave ago
Chapter 333: Decision ago
Chapter 334: What You Have to Do ago
Chapter 335: The Direction We Want Them to Go ago
Chapter 336: The Dangers of What I Do ago
Chapter 337: We Were All Monsters ago
Chapter 338: Options ago
Chapter 339: I Need Time ago
Chapter 340: Walkabout ago
Chapter 341: Too Valuable to Lose ago
Chapter 342: All I Can Do is My Best ago
Chapter 343: A Modern Myth ago
Chapter 344: Breakneck Pace ago
Chapter 345: Grand Tour ago
Chapter 346: New Groove ago
Chapter 347: Get to the Chopper ago
Chapter 348: What's Left of Your Principles ago
Chapter 349: Contingencies ago
Chapter 350: Humanity ago
Chapter 351: Media Blitz ago
Chapter 352: Grandmotherly Advice ago
Chapter 353: A Bloke With Vast Cosmic Power ago
Chapter 354: A Very Long To-Do List ago
Chapter 355: Another Step Forward ago
Chapter 356: Tactical Flexibility ago
Chapter 357: Broken ago
Chapter 358: Never Enough ago
Chapter 359: Media Landscape ago
Chapter 360: Instability ago
Chapter 361: Supernatural ago
Chapter 362: Arms Race ago
Chapter 363: Sword-Fighting With No Shirt On ago
Chapter 364: Candid and Authentic ago
Chapter 365: Warmth and Levity ago
Chapter 366: An Intelligent King ago
Chapter 367: Hunted ago
Chapter 368: Gamble ago
Chapter 369: Dying of Thirst in the Desert ago
Chapter 370: Enough Power ago
Bonus Chapter: Silver ago
Chapter 371: Old Affairs ago
Chapter 372: End Run ago
Chapter 373: Giving Face ago
Chapter 374: Not in a Position to Criticise ago
Chapter 375: Honour ago
Chapter 376: They Get to See What I'm Like
Chapter 377: Fanboy ago
Chapter 378: A Very Bad Mistake ago
Chapter 379: An Unexpected Direction ago
Chapter 380: Parade of Delights ago
Chapter 381: Collateral Damage ago
Chapter 382: I Intend to Do Damage ago
Chapter 383: A Chance to Control the Narrative ago
Chapter 384: You Shouldn't Lie to Your Wife ago
Chapter 385: The Decision Has Been Made ago
Chapter 386: First Priority ago
Chapter 387: Node Space ago
Chapter 388: Loaded For Battle ago
Chapter 389: Going For Gold ago
Chapter 390: Prepare For the Rematch ago
Chapter 391: Finish the Job ago
Chapter 392: Inevitability ago
Chapter 393: The Edge of Madness ago
Chapter 394: Trying to Be Merciful ago
Chapter 395: Appreciation ago
Chapter 396: Brooding Loner ago
Chapter 397: High Maintenance ago
Chapter 398: Treachery or Cowardice ago
Chapter 399: Comely Wenches ago
Chapter 400: A Lot Like a Guess ago
Chapter 401: It's Okay to Laugh ago
Chapter 402: Dignified Moment ago
Chapter 403: When Someone is Under Your Gun ago
Chapter 404: When, Not If ago
Chapter 405: Not Entirely Ethical ago
Chapter 406: Ahead of Schedule ago
Chapter 407: Open Wound ago
Chapter 408: Looting a House Burning Down Around You ago
Chapter 409: Domain ago
Chapter 410: Needs of the Moment ago
Chapter 411: A Beautiful Woman and a Sack of Cash ago
Chapter 412: You Have to Be True to Yourself ago
Chapter 413: One More Secret ago
Chapter 414: Instinct is All We Have ago
Chapter 415: Step Back ago
Chapter 416: Guns & Money ago
Chapter 417: Old Habit ago
Chapter 418: It's Still Not About Killing Monsters ago
Chapter 419: Open to the Unanticipated ago
Chapter 420: I'm Going to Bet on Myself ago
Chapter 421: No Perfect Options ago
Chapter 422: Stillness ago
Chapter 423: Whatever We Face ago
Chapter 424: You Really Aren't Local ago
Chapter 425: A Sliver of Hope ago
Chapter 426: End-User Licence Agreement ago
Chapter 427: Negotiations ago
Chapter 428: Another Day for Vampires ago
Chapter 429: Less Freud and More God of Healing ago
Chapter 430: Little Cost in Exploring ago
Chapter 431: Intentions ago
Chapter 432: I Need That Song to Play Out ago
Chapter 433: Wash Them First ago
Chapter 434: The Language of Passion ago
Chapter 435: Forthright Honesty ago
Chapter 436: Pertinent Factor ago
Chapter 437: More Focus on Nipples ago
Chapter 438: The Job That's in Front of You ago
Chapter 439: Going Suspiciously Well ago
Chapter 440: One of Asano's Secrets ago
Chapter 441: Swarm Against Swarm ago
Chapter 442: Necessary Evil ago
Chapter 443: Balls ago
Chapter 444: Which One of Us is the Villain ago
Chapter 445: That Passion Didn't Come From Nowhere ago
Chapter 446: The Upstart Magician ago
Chapter 447: Too Much Over Pride ago
Chapter 448: Trust All the Way ago
Chapter 449: Time to Choose ago
Chapter 450: Four-Score Men ago
Chapter 451: The Very Opposite of Fantastical ago
Chapter 452: Small Mercies ago
Chapter 453: Salus Mundi Suprema Lex Esto ago
Chapter 454: Something Other Than Human ago
Chapter 455: Everyone Calls Me Gary ago
Chapter 456: I'm the Bait in Question ago
Chapter 457: The Past Can Wait ago
Chapter 458: Dragon Lady ago
Chapter 459: What Could Possibly Go Wrong ago
Chapter 460: Kind of His Thing ago
Chapter 461: Of Course He Doesn't Have Pants ago
Chapter 462: Connotations ago
Chapter 463: What a Monster Surge Feels Like ago
Chapter 464: Strategic Doctrine ago
Chapter 465: I've Seen Your Best ago
Chapter 466: Responsible Dad ago
Chapter 467: Surge Protocols ago
Chapter 468: Disappointed or Relieved ago
Chapter 469: More Paperwork ago
Chapter 470: Multi-Talented ago
Chapter 471: Don't Say You Weren't Warned ago
Chapter 472: Contribution ago
Chapter 473: Small-Town Lifestyle ago
Chapter 474: I Don't Need to Invent Icecream ago
Chapter 475: Remaining Unremarkable ago
Chapter 476: A Damn Fine Way to Start Off a War ago
Chapter 477: It Will Not Be Fine ago
Chapter 478: A Story of War ago
Chapter 479: Any Help They Can Get ago
Chapter 480: Supplies ago
Chapter 481: Enemies Even I Would Fear ago
Chapter 482: True Elites ago
Chapter 483: Diligent and Considerate ago
Chapter 484: That Doesn't Make the Pebble Important ago
Chapter 485: They Don't Send Their Best People ago
Chapter 486: An Old Friend That He Had No Time For ago
Chapter 487: Never Underestimate Adventurers ago
Chapter 488: Better Strange Than Scary ago
Chapter 489: Going Overland ago
Chapter 490: Small ago
Chapter 491: Uneasy Allies ago
Chapter 492: Supply Chain Problems ago
Chapter 493: The Hitting It a Bunch Plan ago
Chapter 494: I Liked the Fighting Better ago
Chapter 495: That Usually is My Day ago
Chapter 496: Unyielding Faith ago
Chapter 497: Something He Could Never Get Back ago
Chapter 498: Dignified Young Adventurer ago
Chapter 499: I Can Do Sleazy ago
Chapter 500: An Object Lesson in Foolish Risks ago
Chapter 501: Murky Waters ago
Chapter 502: Integrity is Forever ago
Chapter 503: How Deep a Hole ago
Chapter 504: The Part That Knows How to Quit ago
Chapter 505: Bad Apples ago
Chapter 506: Idiot Plan ago
Chapter 507: The Days They Sing Songs About ago
Chapter 508: The Source of the Madness ago
Chapter 509: A Fair Fight ago
Chapter 510: Put the Mask Back On ago
Chapter 511: I Don't Think You're Angry ago
Chapter 512: Staying with Friends ago
Chapter 513: Meanwhile, Two Weeks Ago in Vitesse ago
Chapter 514: Hegemon's Will ago
Chapter 515: A Story About a Magic Trowel ago
Chapter 516: What It Sent Us ago
Chapter 517: I Am Not Jason Asano ago
Chapter 518: That Powerful and That Old ago
Chapter 519: One Battle at a Time ago
Chapter 520: No One Telling Me I Can't ago
Chapter 521: A Lot More Steps ago
Chapter 522: A Normal Man ago

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Azcheron
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Starts strong, tapers off into mediocrity.

Reviewed at: Chapter 124: It's About How You Use It

 The story started out very strong for me. It fun, enjoyable and exciting. The MC had some hilarious reactions and interactions with other characters, the blood cult villains were great, and every thing was wonderful. 

 

Then we get to Greenstone city and it all starts going downhill. The MC changes from a normal but pretty funny Australian dude trying to find his way around, to some kind of discount sherlock Holmes who is always second guessing people and some kind of social mastermind despite being a normal guy from modern society earlier. He deftly navigates the local high life and leaves anyone who matters impressed with him, not to mention become a cold blooded killer. But only sometimes, otherwise he's a great warm guy who doesn't believe in violence or immoral acts.

 

Yeah, it all gets a bit confused and contradictory. The funny stuff gets more and more rate, while somehow info dumps and boring drawn out sequences become more common. 

And it is very drawn out, the first 40 chapters feel fast paced, but it all slows down in the city and with how the MC changes for the worst into some kinda Gary stu it's a bit unpalatable. 

Side characters are ignored and forgotten, rotated through like a fresh outfit for the MC to wear for his daily witticisms, and other than acting as a canvas to showcase the MCs skills they never really seem to get better or improve. 

 

And then one of the oldest side characters dies and the story temporarily goes dark and it feels SO out of style. 

For gods sake in the first few chapters you have him almost served up to a cannabilstic blood cult and you made that light hearted and funny. It's not a dark story. People didn't read this for a dark story. People will stop reading this you make it that. 

 

VittorioDumas
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It has a lot of potential, but fails to deliver

Reviewed at: Chapter 263 (interval): Show and Tell

I feel there is no emotional payment for the trials of Jason and co. The subplot of the magic society, lucian, silva and the reaper repercussions are resolved by other characters or are just described in a paragraph. It builds and builds but it just fizzle out at the end. It also leaves amny characters behind in any new arc, dissapearing without fanfare (rufus and gary, bahadia) to introduce more characters that need to be constructed from the ground up again. Also sophie and bellinda subplot is kind of flat, with them never having to work for their essences, or facing repercussions for their decisions beyond gently reprobing and never face any setbacks, defeat sor block after Jason captured them, unlike the rest of the team. Maybe it will be better in this new arc of the team exploring the delt, but so far it has been underwhelming. 

 

The worldbuilding is excellent and i love that it constantly demonstrate that Jason, his team, rufus or greenstone is really a provincial town and that they are small fishes in the ocean. That powers are so inventive and complex and its not only main character traits. Sadly, it always jumps the defeats of Jason and team from the second book onward, just saying they lost a lot but having their opponents claiming how utterly incredible they are. Then you have Elizabeth, who says they suck and acts as a prick trainer, yet we never shown what those weakness are in combat and we had no evidence that Elizabeth is any good beyond that she is a geller. Everything is off-screen so you cant invest in their development or take the advice seriously. Even the new arc with Jason trauma is mostly glossed over and only giving a few descriptions of how he felt or he is meditating, which makes it so bland.

It kind of changed into telling us instead of actually writing down the actions, reactions and dialogues

Explosive Rift
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The grammar is near-perfect, and the fight scenes are decently written.

The MC starts off scared, lost, and confused, but before the introduction is over he starts to become increasingly arrogant, starting with being stuck in a cage, and breaking out with no real plan. That arrogance doesn't go away, despite being beaten down in ways that should cause character development. The MCs personality doesn't noticeably change after the introduction. Later on when he is tortured by a far stronger being, the writer repeatedly says that it effected him, despite there being no change in his personality. Some characters at least get arcs, Rufus loses a friend, blames himself, then stops blaming himself as much. Rufus' personality becomes slightly more careful as a result. This character growth doesn't seem to apply to the MC. 

Enacriel
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(UPDATED my review, since I reached chapter 470)

For the past several months, me (a Dad, 36) and my son (a wild thing, 10) have been playing this book from Audible, as our "night time book", to help my kid get to sleep. My kid LOVES the story, absolutely adores it, and obsessively asks when the next audio book of it will be out. I have gone ahead and started picking up chapters from here to read, to be able to continue the story.

From an entertainment perspective, and for my purposes - It's a really good story. If you don't think too much about it, it's fun, and dramatic, with enough action-y parts to keep us engaged, and enough boring politics stuff to put my kid to sleep (Also the reader who does it on Audible is genuinely incredible, if anyone is curious).

That said,

GRAMMER:

Within a small bit of reading the chapters here on Royal Road, I've caught spelling mistakes, a handful of word errors, and even a sentence cut-off halfway through. I've got to wondering if Shirtaloon has any kind of Beta reader, or if the chapters are just tossed out so quickly that they don't have the time to do that?

STORY:

As I said, dumb fun if you don't look too closely. It starts in an amazing way, the action scenes and strategy is really clever. The racial diversity is outstanding, and while the women are profusely beautiful, the men are also occassionally described as such (Rufus specifically comes to mind), it makes sense in the context of the story.
There is one really random moment, where Jason compares an apocolypse creature to trans people, because he's unsure of the beast's gender, and thinks the beast can swap it's gender back and forth, and Jason states that back on his world, there are people who think that trans people will bring about the apocalypse. It didn't strike as transphobic, just weird and a bit off-color, because (so far to that point) there has been zero actual LGBT stuff even mentioned in the book, so the comment really comes out of nowhere.

It takes some time, but there are a few LBGT+ relationships in the story, but they don't get nearly the PDA scenes that the het relationships get.

CHARACTER

Jason - I get his motivations and his melodramatic secret-tsundere nonsense. There are small consequences, sometimes, but he really feels like a wish fulfillment self-insertion Mary Sue of a character. He befriends powerful people too easily, charmed by his obnoxious attitude somehow, and stands up to literal God characters which consequences are either non-existant, solved too quickly, or turn out to be in his favor (this gets a bit better, once you get to much later in the book). He's also mean to characters and gets away with it because it's played off as a joke, ie: constantly calling Neil fat, but somehow that's okay because he'd "never do it to a person who was actually fat".
I get that the idea of Jason was supposed to be this character who has decided to unapologetically be himself and not squander his chances.. but this isn't a new attitude for him, so for all the talk about reinventing himself, he's stayed an awful lot the same.
Generally though, Jason is not a good person and that's fine, but it really feels like instead of realistic consequences, Jason and his behavior is very romanticized as an ideal.

A lot of the characters personalities are just carbon copies of each other, with just different names and powers slapped onto them. There are maybe one or two characters this doesn't apply to. (The whole Emir Bahadir "no pants" thing, just smacks of Jason behavior)

Clive - I like Clive, he's probably my favorite character, so far. I love his enthusiasm for magical study, and his softer unobstrusive nature. I love his potential. It makes me sad that he's treated like a dormat, by Jason, and Clive just goes along with it. Clive's personality isn't just his though, and he and Jory (others as well, but specifically Jory) feel really similar.

Bilbo Backhand
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I've read up to chapter 517. The series started out great, with a fairly unique and entertaining main character. The magic system was executed very well, and the world was great. 

This all ended once you reach volume 2. From volume 2 onwards, there is chapter after chapter of the MC moping about the same few things. It's usually that he somehow managed to save hundreds of people against all odds and a few died, or that he's scared he's slowly becoming a bad guy. It was sort of interesting the first 15 times it happened, but it's seriously long winded at this point. The return to earth lasted far longer than it should have. It started devolving from a fun LITRP adventure to politics, and more politics. After the umpteenth betrayal from a large corporation, it really gets old.

That leads us to volume 3, where a problem that's persisted since volume 2 really shows itself in all it's glory. Characters will just sit around talking about how damaged and cool and powerful and amazing and dangerous the MC is. In the 50-ish chapters of volume 3, there are probably a solid 25 long winded conversations about how incredibly amazing the MC is. The MC also loves going on long winded tangents about not wanting to be used and respect and bleh. In the 50-ish chapters, there's been 2 or 3 fights, the rest being mind-numbing conversations about how people are worried about Jason, or how Jason is worried about himself, or how Jason is angry about people using him all the time. 

The final straw for me has been in the latest releases. The reuniting of some of the characters, which we have been waiting for for hundreds of chapters, gets a couple paragraphs of the actual reunion. Then it skips to a small party which takes up a chapter, and then the group decides to go on an actual small adventure to get reacquainted. And instead of showing us a mini adventure of them hunting monsters as the title would suggest, it gets time skipped and we're thrown right back into more political nonsense. I'm seriously starting to suspect the author is just dragging out chapters for patreon points, because it's so unbelievably out of touch with the entire concept of the book.

Thanks for listening to my Ted Talk, I can highly recommend reading volume 1 of this story, and I'd advise not to read further.

Mecanimus
Overall

This novel has now gone the way of Savage Divinity. It's painful to say that every good thing comes to an end. The author might be burnt out, perhaps? I can still see the skill that was used to write the adventure, but it is now uninspired and overdone. Lots of reviews have outlined the many flaws so I will just add one that annoyed me more than any other: the entirety of the universe revolves around Jason Asano. Women in Jason Asano's life discuss Jason Asano. Shadowy organization talk and plan around Jason Asano. World-changing heralds and planetary villains obsess over Jason Asano. The media talks about Jason Asano. This story now has a single character that all of creation is dedicated to and that every other character mimics. Jason bloody Asano is the literary equivalent of the Borg collective.

Nomad_00
Overall

ok writing, character is a brat

Reviewed at: Chapter 197: Adequate

please note that i read this without using an account so where it says I have written the review is not where i read.

Imagery is alright and the setting is extreamly well done. The magic system is well made aswell adding a slightly new flavor to the genre of litrpg. The writting is not the best but overall alright. spotted a few typos that are easily forgivable and forgettable. 

I do like the side characters, but only kind of as the characters are static and not the fleshed out.

A huge part to why I am giving this a bad review is the main character, stories are only as good as the character , (there are exceptions of course such as if the protagenist is the villain and what not/it contributes to the story/growth/ect. ect) and this character sucks. The character is pretty funny in the beginning but later turns into a huge brat and a d-bag. The author is clear when he tries to make the character seem intelligent as he has the mc use big words similar to what a middle schooler would use to sound smart, which is ok I suppose. but with that combined with an extremely superior view of morals, politics, and religion, it makes it seem the charecter views himself suprior to everybody he lays his eyes on, as if he was browsing reddit for far too long. many of the characters are always telling each other "watch out for the mc he is dangerous" which kinds of does the opposite of the "show don't tell" writting, telling me that the author REALLY wants you to know how smart and amazing he is. The character openly admits to manipulating others for his own gain and is rewarded for by the author through other characters and storytelling. Throughout the story he constantly heals the poor and the sick, but doing only to prove himself as righteous. This plot seems to be added in to level out the characters deeds to a more neutral moral ground. 

I dont like politics taking up the majority of my story especially in fantasy, but sometimes it's a good conflict to boost growth in characters and surroundings. Sadly the politics in this story does nothing to the growth of the character. as if the point of the story was to get the author's point across instead of writing a story for the fun and fantasy of it.

tl;dr: ok story with alright writting ruined by a horrible character who is rewarded by the author for being a brat.

Red Admiral
Overall

Came back and still disappointed

Reviewed at: Chapter 436: Pertinent Factor

I was hoping that the story would take a turn after leaving around the 350ish chapter mark. The plot is pretty good, but the character development is well weird. I understand the author was trying to go for the misunderstood hero that only wants what's best for himself and familiy. Instead, what you get is a sociopath that doesn't his position in society. Yes, he is more powerful that your average "magician." We the reader, however, know of the undertakings sent to take him down and each time we just see plot armour. Jason, himself is becoming unbearably delusional and has something of a hero syndrome. The world around becomes worse just so the story can revolve around Jason.

In short, the character development for Jason is incorrect for his backstory and place in the plot. I enjoyed the ride, but it's time I put this story away for good. I wouldn't tell others to give up on it right away. Perhaps, the story will mature into something better. 

WintersSolace
Overall

The other reviews about the MC are true...

Reviewed at: Chapter 69: Dumpling Soup

This is my first review...I normally am the type of guy who does not write reviews, but this book forced me to...

In the beginning it was great, top-notch high quality stuff. MC was likable and the side characters were coming along.

Then out of nowhere, MC becomes a top-notch social manipulator...which I could accept in some situations. However, the MC just shows a complete lack of respect for anything and everything to the point where it just pissed me off.

You would think that a person who is at the bottom of the ladder would think twice before insulting beings who could wipe him from the plane of existence with one finger...but nope...he just ignores all manners and common sense. The worst part though is that he never suffers for it. At this point...I'm dropping it, but for the last 20 chapters I was hoping that he would end up tortured or suffering...but nope.

This is the first time, that I hated an MC enough to drop the book...I really wanted to see how this develops, if the MC shows change...

If the author ends up seeing this though, I know I gave a lot of criticism, and not much of it was constructive, I have nothing but the highest level of respect for you, since you put out so many chapters. Keep it up...just please CHANGE the MC.

P.s.: if you're too attached to him to change him...sigh...

xExekut3x
Overall

More talking than fighting. Kind of tired of it. Well written but snobbish. I'm really interesting in where it will go, but having to read through the MC go off on even one more monologue to get there is a no for me.