He Who Fights With Monsters

by Shirtaloon

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Portal Fantasy / Isekai

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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.

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
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
Chapter 107: All The Good People We Can Get ago
Chapter 108: You Don't Have the Strength ago
Chapter 109: The Tyranny of Rank ago
Chapter 110: Help Arrives ago
Chapter 111: Strange Star ago
Chapter 112: The Accumulation of a Life ago
Chapter 113: You Should Work on Making Enemies ago
Chapter 114: Climbing Mountains ago
Chapter 115: Nothing Can Hurt You Like Hope ago
Chapter 116: See You in Court ago
Chapter 117: Six-Month Lease ago
Chapter 118: The Perks of Being an Essence User ago
Chapter 119: This is the Moment ago
Chapter 120: Iron Rank ago
Chapter 121: Getting Stoned ago
Chapter 122: Children ago
Chapter 123: Star Seed ago
Chapter 124: It's About How You Use It ago
Chapter 125: We End Here ago
Chapter 126: Poison Pill ago
Chapter 127: Let's Just Fight Monsters ago
Chapter 128: Damage You Shouldn't Walk Away From ago
Chapter 129: Picking Out the Good Ones ago
Chapter 130: Events Loom Large ago
Chapter 131: What the Geller Name is Worth ago
Chapter 132: Cleansed ago
Chapter 133: It Just Takes Practise ago
Chapter 134: World Building ago
Chapter 135: Fabulous Prizes ago
Chapter 136: Any Team Except Yours ago
Chapter 137: More Than One Clown ago
Chapter 138: Resurrection ago
Chapter 139: Manifestation ago
Chapter 140: Potential ago
Chapter 141: Weaponising a Barbecue ago
Chapter 142: This Town Ain't Big Enough ago
Chapter 143: The Second-Best Adventurer ago
Chapter 144: Arrival ago
Chapter 145: Full Jason ago
Chapter 146: Versatile ago
Chapter 147: I Don't Like This Plan ago
Chapter 148: Impossible to Subdue ago
Chapter 149: The Price We Pay Doesn't Matter ago
Chapter 150: Make the Most of It ago
Chapter 151: Wake ago
Chapter 152: I Cant Trust Any of It ago
Chapter 153: Legacy ago
Chapter 154: A Rash Decision ago
Chapter 155: It's A Good One ago
Chapter 156: The City of Fallen Echoes ago
Chapter 157: Shade ago
Chapter 158: Seriously Hardcore ago
Chapter 159: Mixed Medication ago
Chapter 160: Giving People Choices ago
Chapter 161: A Well-Informed Man ago
Chapter 162: The Danger is Us ago
Chapter 163: Surplus to Requirements ago
Chapter 164: A Worse Plan ago
Chapter 165: No One Has That Coming ago
Chapter 166: Part of Being a Team ago
Chapter 167: Making a Spectacle of Himself ago
Chapter 168: Team Change ago
Chapter 169: Company Worth Keeping ago
Chapter 170: He Who Fights With Monsters ago
Chapter 171: Irreconcilable Ideals ago
Chapter 172: Meanwhile, Two Weeks Ago in Greenstone... ago
Chapter 173: Take the Loot and Go ago
Chapter 174: Making an Exit ago
Chapter 175: Shallow Earth ago
Chapter 176: Relief ago
Chapter 177: Glory ago
Chapter 178: Display of Gratitude ago
Chapter 179: The Person I Decided to Be ago
Chapter 180: You Have Friends to Help You ago
Chapter 181: Blob Body ago
Chapter 182: Particular Appetites ago
Chapter 183: Domineering, Territorial and Robust ago
Chapter 184: More Shady as We Go Along ago
Chapter 185: Magnificent Entity ago
Chapter 186: I Try to Find the Truth, But That's Your Hiding Place ago
Chapter 187: The Last Reward ago
Chapter 188: Impossible Wasn't Enough ago
Chapter 189: Eclipse ago
Chapter 190: A Question You Don't Yet Know to Ask ago
Chapter 191: Looking Forward ago
Chapter 192: Adventurers Are People Too ago
Chapter 193: Valkyrie ago
Chapter 194: Departures ago
Chapter 195: No Pot of Gold ago
Chapter 196: The Glory of Success or the Price of Failure ago
Chapter 197: Adequate ago
Chapter 198: Trash Bonanza ago
Chapter 199: Strangeness ago
Chapter 200: Full Circle ago
Chapter 201: Regretting it Later ago
Chapter 202: Swat ago
Chapter 203: The Purpose of the Adventure Society ago
Chapter 204: Elven Storage Solutions ago
Chapter 205: Disbanded ago
Chapter 206: The Man Behind the Mouth ago
Chapter 207: Search ago
Chapter 208: Defiance ago
Chapter 209: Hanging Around ago
Chapter 210: What Doesn't Kill You ago
Chapter 211: Lingering Doubts ago
Chapter 212: Scars ago
Chapter 213: I Won't Let Them Turn Me Into That ago
Chapter 214: Putting the Band Back Together ago
Chapter 215: Nothing Speaks Louder Than Power ago
Chapter 216: My Name is Jason Asano ago
Chapter 217: While They Watch Me Kill You ago
Chapter 218: Inherently Corrupting ago
Chapter 219: Beholden to No One ago
Chapter 220: Evil Detector ago
Chapter 221: The World Needs People Like You ago
Chapter 222: I'm Very Big on Cowardice ago
Chapter 223: More Powerful Than We Anticipated ago
Chapter 224: Fate Can't Wait to Kill Us All ago
Chapter 225: Running Towards Something ago
Chapter 226: Greenhouse Flowers ago
Chapter 227: A Man Transformed ago
Chapter 228: The Worst Possible Option ago
Chapter 229: Brave Little Tailor ago
Chapter 230: Terms of the Pact ago
Chapter 231: Trading Safety Today For Death Tomorrow ago
Chapter 232: Stalwart ago
Chapter 233: I'm Sick of Fighting Magic Rocks ago
Chapter 234: Crossing the Threshold ago
Chapter 235: Anyone Can Be Useful ago
Chapter 236: A Series of Familiar Powers ago
Chapter 237: It's Not About Killing Monsters ago
Chapter 238: Sin Eater ago
Chapter 239: The Most Dangerous Thing in the Dark ago
Chapter 240: The Boss Comes to Town ago
Chapter 241: It's Very Complicated and You All Need to Go Away ago
Chapter 242: Strong Foundations ago
Chapter 243: A Valiant Death ago
Chapter 244: Ambitions ago
Chapter 245: Faith and Glory ago
Chapter 246: Thadwick ago
Chapter 247: The True Danger ago
Chapter 248: Forsaken Place ago
Chapter 249: Being What He Needs to Be ago
Chapter 250: A Significantly More Dangerous Entity ago
Chapter 251: Losing the Battle to Win the War ago
Chapter 252: War of Adaptation ago
Chapter 253: The Hero of This Story ago
Chapter 254: Good News, Bad News ago
Chapter 255: Here We Go ago
Chapter 256: Outmatched ago
Chapter 257: The Power of Friendship ago
Chapter 258: A War of Stolen Moments ago
Chapter 259 (interval): Clive Takes Charge ago
Chapter 260 (interval): Lessons ago

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Darius
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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.

The Defenestrated Typewriter
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As of Chapter 150

Its funny at parts, the spelling/grammar is fine. 

I like the world the author's created and the way it's built around the magic system he uses. The monsters and combat are nice and varied as well.

The plot is great, slowed down for a bit in the middle but that was more about setting things up for later and looks like it's going to pick up again now. 

 

The real draw so far is the MC, he's a lot of fun to read about with how he's galavanting around this new world he's found himself in. His interactions with everyone and everything he meets as well as the trouble he manages to find is constantly entertaining. 

That's said the MC has started to come off as a bit too successful socially, he's portrayed as some kind of a social savant, easily befriending or manipulating everyone he meets with. At times it feels like the social action worked because the Author wanted it to work, not because it actually made sense.

 

 

Kikanolo
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Fresh Portal Fantasy LitRPG

Reviewed at: Chapter 9: Escape

Edit as of 12/2/19:

I've had to slightly drop my score for the story due to some minor ongoing issues. Overall, I am still loving the story, but there are some things I feel are being handled poorly.

The magic system remains amazing, the adventure aspects and combat sequences continue to be a joy to read, and the humor continues to be done well.

My main issue is with the way the MC interacts with certain individuals of authority. The MC is blatantly disrepectful and provocative to individuals significantly more powerful than him, and he always gets away with it and faces no real consequences. He also regularly monologues in a superior way and gets praised for his intelligence, veering dangerously close to Gary Stu territory at times. He can definitely be fun to read, but sometimes I just roll my eyes and am unable to further suspend disbelief in what he gets away with. 

The story would really benefit from shifting away from all the political games and manouvering and emphasizing what it did best with adventuring.

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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)

zigman2021
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What can I say that hasn't already been said? The dialog is sharp enough to shave with, the magic system is unique and ripe with possibility, the world has depth, and it's just plain funny.

Lesti
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So good I spent hours on it every day till the damn button stopped working .

Reviewed at: Chapter 153: Legacy

For whatever reason I stopped and started this book probably 3 times the last two months, because I couldn't get into it in the first 2-3 chapters. Now that I finally did however I couldn't put it down. This story has a absolutely amazing magic system that id say is a combination of magic, chi, and progression that just fits perfectly together. The MC's build is very unique and damn cool. The theme is entertaining with dark, sad, funny, and very interesting scenarios mixed in. Grammer is probably the best I have read on RR so far.

Only semi complaint I have is that I kinda get the feeling the MC's abilities has stagnated in the last 60 chapters in favour of a different type of story telling that just has magic as a side thing. It might just be me not seeing it, but with such a amazing system I would like to see more of it as a bigger part of the MC.

BoxxysBiggestFan
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Tread carefully, this is pure wish fulfillment.

Reviewed at: Chapter 64: Take My Wife, Please

Nothing ever seems to go wrong for our protagonist. It's making the story predictable and boring.

He keeps succeeding where realistically he wouldn't, because the plot demands it. Everyone around him acts dumb when needed, so that he may seem smart. Zero tension, because what could go wrong for our dear Mr. Awesome? It's pure wish fulfillment and I wish it'd been clearer from the start...

Not my cup of tea. However, I must admit, the story has great worldbuilding and adequate grammar.

NIZP
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Great read, I recommend it. It has great character and story development. It surprised me a little, didn't think it could be this good.

Rr2553
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Just finished up to ch 90 and this has been a great read.

Characters are built up with their own words and actions (instead of the reading being told how they feel or with very heavy exposition)

The main character has flaws and actually grows. Sometimes I think hes a bit too right but its bearable.

The story pacing is on  point. Chapters dont feel padded for word count. Action is easy to follow and light of exposition blocks. 

This isnt the most important but there have been very few reads that have made me actually laugh at loud. But several times I've had to stop and catch my breath before moving on.

There has been some grammer/spelling issues and while jarring it's not frequent. No issue to me.

Magic system is defined well and fun to see it explored. The system used here was new enough to me that I've not seen it before.

This has been a lot of fun and I've enjoyed it greatly.

Wavyplz
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As of chapter 37.

 

I'm finding this story to be an interesting read, especially with the system mechanics. The story is engaging most of the way through but lately it is becoming a bit dry, although that could just be because I am comparing it to the start.

  • Grammar is great, only a bit of missing punctuation that I can see and very limited amount of spelling mistakes.

We have been getting a bit of world building recently but not enough to make any solid opinions.

The main character is ok I guess. He seems to rush headlong into certain matters that he does not have a full grasp on, acts smug with the fact that he can confuse people when naming his origins and is slightly idiotic with the fact that he has not tested some of his abilities which may help him survive.

The side characters are somewhat fleshed out considering it is so early on in the novel.

There are some plot holes in the story like the coins.

Spoiler: Spoiler

What I would recommend would be to have a certain limit of how many you can use per rank without there being permanent damage.

nathanv70
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49 chapters so far, pretty damn good book

Reviewed at: Chapter 49: A Voice From Home

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