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Publisher's Summary

Jason has discovered that his homeworld is not what he thought. What’s more, the rest of the planet is on the precipice of sharing his revelation.

With magic on the rise and forces pulling him in multiple directions, Jason is faced with challenges greater than ever before.

Even as his power reaches new and incredible heights, he is faced with the realization that going beyond his best is still not enough.

About the series: Experience an isekai culture clash as a laid-back Australian finds himself in a very serious world. See him gain suspiciously evil powers through a unique progression system combining cultivation and traditional LitRPG elements. Enjoy a weak-to-strong story with a main character who earns his power without overshadowing everyone around him, with plenty of loot, adventurers, gods and magic. Rich characters and world-building offer humor, political intrigue and slice-of-life elements alongside lots of monster fighting and adventure.

©2021 Shirtaloon (P)2021 Podium Audio

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A book series ruined by an author’s political drama and self loathing

If you loved the first 3 books STOP NOW. It’s all downhill from here and worse. I wish I stopped reading this series before he went back to earth.

Jason has COMPLETELY been changed from his funny, sarcastic protagonist, to the author’s political rant puppet. We want to listen to a book about fantasy, adventure, and plot. But the author continues his whining, self loathing, and just genuinely annoying writing style to kill any love I could have left after the last book.
Why did he have to go back to Earth? Why not keep the story in the other world with better character development, better storyline, better EVERYTHING. It seems like he just wanted to bring it to earth so he could complain about what he hates about it. Lastly, no one thinks your 50th movie reference is funny or relevant to the story.

A sad way to ruin a world with SO many possibilities.

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love the story, hate the politics

I understand making a character nuanced by giving them political beliefs and flaws. The author seems to want to diversify his main character by making him an obvious Hypocrite and cultural prejudice. This is something other characters have observed of the MC in earlier books but by being back in his original world it has been dialed up to 11. It has gotten to the point where it's getting in the way of telling the story. I am unsure if these beliefs and prejudices are the authors or are the MCs alone as an attempt to humanize him through flaws, but either way it's waaaaay overdone.

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good series gone bad.

this series used to be great, until the author decided to rip the main character back to his original world. now the story is beyond drug out until you get completely bored. feels like anything that isn't related to feelings gets glossed over while the "I'm turning into a killing monster" is thrown into your face every 5 minutes.
I can't even keep track of all the crappy factions there's so much dribble over complicating things. definitely not buying the next book.

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love the series but hard to stomach propaganda

I have to start with this being one of my favorite series ever, but, and it is a huge but, I really can't stand the liberal extremism the author constantly spouts, especially in situations that it makes no sense. Also for all the talk of how much he hates racism and bigots, all he says is racist and bigoted stuff just pointed in the opposite direction. He leans heavily on the "it's not racist if it's against white people" mentality and he even makes a lot of racist comments about Japanese people, but when the focus is a gay character it's over the top sexualized comments and making them a flaming stereotype that just talks about how much they like screwing their preferred sex. And in these books, if you're not Australian you're a capitalist/imperialist pig that needs to die. There is a time and place for everything but cramming your political agenda, be it left or right into a book to the point of propaganda where it makes zero sense in the story to do so just ruins what is otherwise a wonderful and spectacular story.

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Here's why Chosen One stories are bad

Was pleasantly surprised with book 4 but this book has been a real chore to get through. The interpersonal relationships and local politicking have largely been put aside to focus more on the cosmic magic and global politics plotlines where Jason must step up to be the literal saviour of not just one but two universes. The stakes are so incredibly vast that it's hard to care about any of it. Likewise, Jason's kit is so ridiculously versatile and overpowered that he never truly feels in danger.

The book also suffers from a lack of grounding or relatability. Book 1 has us follow Jason into a strange new world, but we can relate to it because the rules are similar to a video game, but here, what grounding do we have for any of Jason's decisions or world building? The book meanders from one event to the next without really making any sense and you just feel like "okay, we're doing this now."

This was, perhaps, the least enjoyable book of the series.

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  • 04-07-22

Too political and whiny

Overall I love the world built and how magic and advancement is handled is definitely above average. In the first 3 books the MC would mention overtly political propaganda stuff sprinkled through the books but it wasn’t the main focus. This last book and now this book the MC spends barely any time fighting and a lot of political ramblings and self pity and crying a lot. He is supposed to be a master manipulator and have smart companions but they just make the worst decisions over and over again that make no sense.

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Superb as always!

I’m not even finished with the book yet but I’m already sad that I almost am. The narrator did wonderful work, though the American accent sounds way too country, almost like an old western movie with Clint Eastwood.

The MC is not an idiot, he has very strong views on literally everything. He’s like that annoying guy in class that always tries to One Up or publicly dress down the teacher but then some time later realizes he was a jerk and apologizes. I can’t stand those guys, but then again I never took the time to get to know them. I like Jason and how annoying he can be.

His willpower is no joke, who cares if the authors actual views on politics or whatever bleed into his work, that is what the character calls for. A strong , opinionated little Sh**

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annoyed and not complete

I was hooked with the first book, I love the series and especially love the length of the first book, being nearly thirty hours. Unfortunately the book lengths have gotten shorter and shorter, and his political points went from a side point with him fighting monsters and other adventurers, to him being political first and fighting second. the last actual fight that is really explained and detailed out is four or five hours before the end of the book and the end of the book seems like it was supposed to keep going and was cut to make a new book. No wrap up, nothing.
I love the series, but really hope it isn't ruined in the next one.

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bs money grab, cut book in half

can tell by the ending someone chose to cut the book in half that is terrible for the fans of this series.

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Magic Deadpool with constant morality babble.

Been enjoying the series as it goes along however i am getting tired of the morality banter every few chapters. MC, I DID BAD TINGS, Supporting characters YOU DID BAD TINGS! U BAD, MC Inner monologue: "I DO BAD TINGS FOR FOR GOOD REASON MYABE I BAD" Other supporting character: Did you explain your good reason? MC: no :D

Every few chapters we get this and im tired of it. That aside love the books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-22

Continuation and nothing more.

It's a good story that continues the already established narrative, but there is nothing new. I actually finished this story a bit bored for the first time in the series, which was very disappointing. I hope it improves.

It's still the credit, but don't expect greatness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-22

Starting to worry, not for the reasons you think..

This is less a book review more a general observation. The books seem to be getting shorter. in duration. book one was 27 hours and now we're down to 20. book 6 is 15?! I hope this trend won't stick as I enjoy the longer books and like the saving (obviously).

Overall tho, one of the few series I genuinely enjoy listening to over and over. I hope Jason gets back to the over world soon. I wunna know the reaction of the other characters and see how much progress they made now Jason is silver rank.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-22

still a great book series

I hesitated starting this book series as it seemed like a copy paste isekai. The book is even called He who fights with monsters instead of a "real name". I started listening to book 1 as I had no other audio books of interest left. The first minutes I was thinking " yup standard copy paste isekai" but then within the first hour it transformed. It made its on interesting plot, it made amazing characters and evolved them. It has great conversations, humor, fighting. I was suspicious where the last book left of, but they made it work and I really enjoyed this book as I have with every other book before it. The series has quickly grown to be on my top 5 list and I have over 40 days listening time on Audible. I can't wait for the next book to come to Audible.

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  • 04-21-22

A far slower listen

I've been a huge fan of previous entry's and will admit I was intrigued by the direction of the series after the last entry - but this one feels very filler. While lots of things do happen it feels like the lessons and topics are cheaper rehashes of earlier points in the series, and the supposedly dramatic moments are less meaningful as they're thrown in haphazardly.
If you're a fan of the series you may still enjoy it, but the fact that some of the charming elements from earlier in the series are constantly trodden over by other characters spinning half baked philosophies to counter things doesn't endear this particular entry to me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-22

Enjoyable but would have been better as a spin off

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This book has the main things I turn up for which is the writing style I enjoy and a great narrator. It continues to add to the amazing world building that truly has me hooked.

The main issue with this book was plot.

Don't get me wrong turns out I like this universe enough that I can listen to 20 hours of nothing really happening and still come out the other end feeling that I enjoyed that 20 hours. That however was the biggest let down of this book, everything that happened was dragged out over a book and half for no real reason.

When Jason first came back to earth it was refreshing having a "taken to magical world" story have the MC come back to earth however I feel the half of the last book should have been the limit to his time on earth. He should have came to earth showed off a bit, learnt about earth having magic, gave his family magic and then left back to the other world to fix the problem on that side.

I feel like this would have been much better while also allowing for a spin off where his family deals with the earth side stuff. That way I could keep the man in a magical world that got me hooked to begin with AND a cool spinoff most likely of his niece exploring earth magic while putting that side right. Then have the family cross over to the other world after a book or two.

All of that to say I want more of Jason exploring the other world but would still likely listen to the series even if he never went back all be it grumpily.

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  • Magnus Mjåland
  • 04-13-22

Best LITRPG series there is

Story, humor and narration is spot on.
Can't wait for book nr 6.
When you are done with this series, try Defiance of the fall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-22

Great as always

I've been loving these books since I first found them and book 5 has managed to continue the high levels of quality that I've come to expect from the series. I love the story, the characters and Heath Miller's performance is great as usual.

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  • colin nelson
  • 04-11-22

Listening to this series is kinda my thing...

Love the world building, the character building and the banter. Great book, great performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-22

Disappointing

Too much philosophy not enough storyline,
No point investing in The new characters as they’re only on two pages and then they disappear.Much anticipated sequel, but disappointing.

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  • Jamie
  • 04-10-22

Another amazing piece of fantasy

The more I listen to He who fights with monsters the more I get dragged into a world of wonder. Heath Miller is a master of voices and brings life to Jason and all the other characters. I say this every time but I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-22

Very good

Good performance, struggles with accents other than French. haha, good story as always with more character development than a poor 80s drama.

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  • Michael
  • 05-10-22

Amazing

I’m so hooked on this series.
Bring on book 6.
Heath Miller keep up the good work.

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  • Nathan brown
  • 05-06-22

Perfect

Can’t wait for the next book!! What a story and so well narrated
Well done

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  • storrm
  • 05-05-22

another fantastic book in the series

was smiling for most of the book, some good chuckles at some one liners, over all just more HWFWM.

only complaint is some of the American voices sound the same, so there was a bit were i wasn't sure if some main villain or some random spook was the one doing the thing with the box.

mild spoiler, but not really.

not really sure how i feel about introducing and then killing off charters so quickly when there was no real impacted on the story, they could of lived and it would of change like 2 chapter's at most, like maybe there will be some long term pay off but it seemed like the timing was kind of idk it didn't do anything.

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  • Shane Broughton
  • 05-04-22

awesome as usual , handing out for book 6

waiting for book 6 , it's like A George RR Martin thing lol. v

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-01-22

couldn't stop listening

amazing narration as usual.
story was taken to an interesting place, excited to see where it goes from here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-22

I’m a big fan

I love the series, it’s a great universe with lovable characters and an enjoyable rhythm. I’m not very on comedy, but I find these books very funny. I did not like books 4 and 5 as much as the first three, but I still enjoy them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-22

Awesome Aussie wit.

what can I say, i have been following Shirtaloon for a while now, and I love the series. i get excited when a new one is released.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-22

Earth is doomed and is getting complex

This is a four star, yes between 3 and 5. For the exceptional emotions part(s) of the story (that have been building up to this point) which was heartfelt and witty, but a 3 for a story that just finish abruptly. Had to listen to it twice before I could score it, if that is any indication

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-22

I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS BOOK!!

This book series is the best thing! I want the world to know about it!