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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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. 









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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49 chapters so far, pretty damn good book

Above average writing, well done creativity, and just enough keeping you on the edge so that you keep reading without annoying you. 

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Good Read, Well Written

This is probably one of the most well written stories I've read on Royal Road. The author is great at maintaining pace and consistant world building. The magic system is unique and all the powers seem pretty well balanced.

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Thinking outside the box

A good solid story, where a person summoned from another world starts on the back foot, as the lowest of the low, and is slowly working his way forward. Learning and adapting to the world, to monsters and to powerful people, showing that he can change from a  normal human to an essence user, and how he can adapt and use some of his memories to assist in different ways.

Aaron Greengrass
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I don't tend to bother posting reviews on in-progress books .. this one is a solid exception.

It now ranks among the 5 books (out of 400 or so I've sampled on RR) which I make an effort to not only read each chapter as it comes out, but which I've gone back and re-read.

The main character is fantastic.  The dialog is witty and well thought out.  The same kind of plot could be done by a hundred authors, but the characters are what make a story exceptional.

I look forward to the story continuing, and like the other 4 books I am a devoted follower of, I hope this one eventually sees a final edit and is published -- I'll buy it.

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“Oh no,” Jason said, shoulders slumping. “You’re one of the cannibals.”

 That line is both my favorite, and also indicitive of the story as a whole. 

 Just a delight to read.

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Reads like an old comic

Story includes a fun new ability system and powers that are engaging and have that nice breath of novelty. What really does it for me though is the banter. Makes me feel like I am reading an old Spiderman comic where even in the most dire of consequences characters exchange quips and barbs. The main character hinself is somewhere between a happy tourist and and social butterfly with a healthy dose of 'kill that becouse it wants to kill me', a combination that feels rather refreshing on RR where a solid majority of characters seem to have 5 times the inner monologue as actual spoken lines and seem to prefer the corner seat on the bench where the shadow makes thier trench coat look cool.

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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.