• He Who Fights with Monsters 7

  • A LitRPG Adventure (He Who Fights with Monsters, Book 7)
  • By: Shirtaloon, Travis Deverell
  • Narrated by: Heath Miller
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (13,825 ratings)

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He Who Fights with Monsters 7

By: Shirtaloon,Travis Deverell
Narrated by: Heath Miller
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Jason arrives at a kingdom in peril and he's surprised to discover that it's not his job to save it.

With the authorities fulfilling their responsibilities (for once), he looks forward to some quiet time to rest and recuperate.

The locals might not find ceaseless monster onslaughts and an interdimensional invasion relaxing, but Jason has had a rough few years. He's doing his best to let go of his anger.

While his team is caught up in duty, Jason has no shortage of people looking to interfere with his rest. Enemies—old and new—are circling, and even would-be allies are trouble. A princess finds him inconveniently alive, an ancient king arrives at his barbecue, and the local Church of Fertility are uncomfortably enthusiastic about including him in their practices. As his friends strive to reach him from the far side of the world, they are all frustrated by obstacles.

Jason is finally back in the world he longed for, but he is not the same man he was when he left. As the pressure on him mounts, allies and enemies alike will find that out the hard way.

©2022 Shirtaloon, Travis Deverell (P)2022 Podium Audio

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1 of the 2 best LitRpg series of novels

This is the 1st time I've commented on an entire series that is still coming out with further novels. I will repeat this for the 1st book. So with that said while this isn't by any means the best writing I've come across, it is still perhaps the 1 or the 2d most enjiyable series I've listened to. What do I like: 1) a very appealing cast of characters, 2) that are decently developed, 3) an appealing lead character who I find myself constantly rooting for, 4) books that aren't merely 7 hours long, but with decent length, 5) a decently origonal plot, that 6) isn't a constant recitation of stats, 7) good creative writing that at times gets a bit non-sensical but keeps it well within reason, & would easily be a series I could use to drive across the country.

As far as negatives go, the plot is good & enjoyable, but it lacks the creative detail & development that takes books from being what in days of old I'd refer to as dime store novels. These are sort of on a level of Louie L'Moure westerns, but with a bit more substance & clarity. But not on a level of Game of Thrones, Red Rising types of novels.

I suppose my lack of better explanation is on a par with the writing. A good reviewer would provide a lot more substance, but make no mistake I've enjoyed this completely & far above the series most often listed as the best of this catagory

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Rinse, wash, and repeat

In the first couple of books, Jason's ability to defy death and beat those stronger than him was quite endearing and a great David v. Goliath scenario. Here we are on book 7 and the author is writing like we're all new to the series. Cut scene: Jason meets a new person. New person vocally deems Jason weak and not worthy (or tries to needlessly fight him in some ridiculous scenario). Jason pointedly has a convo with his familiar or friend about dying not sticking or the Builder trying to take over his soul so the person can hear him. New person realizes they were oh-so-wrong and regrets underestimating him. New scene: some rando powerful person is conversing with another about how powerful Jason and his aura is. That's it. Keep writing a book filled with these scenarios and you have HWFWM. I really thought the author would stop writing like we haven't already read this fantasized superiority scenario COUNTLESS times before, but alas, it's the same recycled situations non-stop. To top it off, Shirtaloon feels the need to remind us of each power as Jason uses it, like (once again) it wasn't actually us reading the first 6 books and we don't know what his powers do. So much filler and needless egotistical behavior that I no longer find it endearing. Jasons insufferable need to boast about killing a diamond ranker (two books ago) or never dying is honestly just cringe at this point.

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Necessary Healing

I've seen several people say this book is filler, and I have to wonder if they read the same book. Yes, it's not quite as bombastic as some previous books in the series, but the entire point is that Jason needs time to calm down and get a grip on everything happening to him. He needed his found family, and... look anything else I say would fall into spoiler territory. Suffice it to say, mental health is important, even for fictional characters with a penchant for pantsless shenanigans. Great book, can't wait for the rest of the series. Remember folks, we're at the midpoint - the author stated it was going to be around 12 books long, and this is book 7.

Now, on to Royal Road to spoil myself on the next book! (Don't worry, I'll still listen to it when it comes out- Heath Miller is too good of a VA to ignore!)

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Its No Longer a LitRpg

The first book of this series reminded me of the great Alexandre Dumas. That for me is the highest compliment I can give an author. Jason Asano in the first three books was the D'Artagnan archetype, and it was wonderful to read. The weaving of character progression and story progression was perfect, for the first three books. But the veneer of polish started coming off after you removed the quest system. Your writing only got worse when you didn't have a guide to ensure pacing and character stay at a reusable level. When you got to the next 3 books in the series it all fell apart. Your pace was trouble, the subject matter was nonsensical and served no point in the story's progression, or character arc. Hell, you set up an epic zone for a fight at the end of the 5th book, but changed your mind at the start of 6th and throw all the build-up into the trash. You ended the book 6th the main bad guy with a writing MacGuffin. Ask anyone who writes, that is the thing worst to do in a book. It takes the struggle away from the character and turns it into a cheap joke. I thought 6th book was bad, boy was I wrong. I didn't think you could do any worse, but you did. You started telling us the readers, that leveling would no longer be happening in the story, and Jason had hit grind point in silver rank. You didn't need to tell us that because Jason wasn't fighting all that much in this book. He fought one group flyer, one group of bone beings at the wall, and builder people next. Only in the first two did he use his powers to fight. In every other battle, he used just his Aura to overwell his enemies. It's like you can't be bothered to write good fight scenes anymore. Why give him Defiant ability if he not going to fight anything anymore? At least with the Quest system, he got some progression in his character. If Jason isn't going to grow in level anymore, it's not a LitRPG. It's just a bad Fantasy Novel. I have more to say about this book and its shortcomings, but I'm tired of typing and want to pull a Shiraloon end it before the column really gets started.

So in closing, Stick to the first three books in this series, they are awesome. The next four belong at the bottom of the dump with ET game, due to poor writing and the author pulling a sony PlayStation 3 reveal. You killed all of your goodwill,

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filler, worthless plot point

alot of this book is filler and most of the filler comes from politics and by the end of the book realized that the politics we spent so much time on doesn't matter. I hope the next one is better.

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THE TEAM IS BACK!

Awesome way to jump back into the magic world and catch up with all the characters as they slowly try and get back to one another from very far away.
Can’t complain w/ insane magic, cosmic bad guys and a healthy dose rooting for the lil guy

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AWESOME

Can’t wait for the next books, I read them but nothing compares to heaths performance

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Filler

i love this series, this book is no exception. there is just entirely to much filler though.

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mostly 13 hours of filler 5 hours of book

Where to begin well after the first hour and a half I decided to only listen while in the bathroom because it sucked that bad that it didn't deserve any of my time anywhere else but there took quite a few day. well the first 13 hours of this book is filler there was like 3 major battles, 1 skirmish and 5 flexs of power.

This book is pretty much about how Jason needs therapy and him complaining on how everything he was expecting to be different when he got back is still the same as on Earth. Him still complaining that he has to take bad guys out. it was just that hard to listen to even with the narrator giving a 10 out of 10 performance.

The story had a lot of potential but a lot of situations nothing happened like what was the point of adding it or bringing it up into the book if you weren't going to go anywhere with it and start talking about something else that you're not going to go anywhere with.

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love the story

I love the story and overall world of the seriers. The only thing I have a problem with is how much of a cry baby jason is. I don't mind it every once in a while but constantly having the character cry bitch and moan kinda makes the character unlikable. You can't have a cry baby bad ass. A bunch of filler that doesn't go anywhere and nothing happens. Listened to the book in 2x speed just to get through it. I get showing some feelings but at a point you just look like a cry baby who's looking for their mommy's milk. WE GET IT he's tired.

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  • Pedro
  • 09-19-22

Good but not great.

Feels like a lot of filler and inconsequential fluff and not much actually happening. I love the long 20hour listens but the content needs to be in there. This could of been shrunk into half and been a much more interesting listen.

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  • HUGH SHARKEY
  • 10-10-22

It's become an embarrassment

I've given the series the benefit of the doubt for the last few books but it's getting even more embarrassing. The books haven't evolved from the early books where you can give some leeway and let a series find it's feet. The endless explanations as to how the world works and why X did this or Y did that is tedious but it is not the only book that does this so you can cut it some slack in this respect. What I can't ignore any longer is the cringeworthy dialogue and the brooding main character who is so all knowing and truly good. To say it is cliched is an understatement, it's far worse than any of z list series the author likes to reference in the book. In fact the character would fit in well to any of the most ill-conceived series such as Forever Knight, Airwolf or The Man from Atlantis. The continuous whining about how put upon Jason is and why oh why won't they just leave me alone? . The reluctant hero being wronged left and right, who has a dark past and even darker future, unable to find love despite all the beautiful women admiring him from afar but at least he has his team who all worship the ground he walks. Come on mate, #Boreoff.

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  • Calvin Evans
  • 09-26-22

It is what it is

The prose is bloody awful. It's not even a writing skill thing, some of it is just downright lazy/badly edited. e.g. there is something like: "he turned into the jungle and pushed through the dense jungle".. Like just say foliage or something the second time. There are so many things like this.

Also, the way each character speaks still remains really frustrating similar. The author prefers a load of less common words/ways of saying things (e.g. he always says "capitulates" instead of something like "concedes" or"ameliorate" instead of "improve", "rectify", "remedy" etc). There's a dozen or so of these bits of vocab that would give Jason a nice, unique tone if it was just him that spoke that that. But you have cutaways to people that have never even spoken to the guy (and who are literally from a different world to him) using the same style of language. Also, the fact that even the most uncivilized, low-life thug speaks like a semi-educated university student is a bit jarring.

The pronunciation of some fairly common words by the narrator continues to be hit-and-miss, but overall he's pretty solid.

Like I said in the headline, it is what it is. It's not going to win any literature awards, but it is relatively fast-paced (minus the excessive "tooltip" spam) - and it's entertaining enough.

Overall still a solid 3/5.

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  • K Mich
  • 12-07-22

Finally getting back to what I liked in the books

It took a while, but think we are finally back on track.

I think a lot of the humour and character interplay had been missing from the last couple of books, due to a difference in story setting. Now having returned to the setting the series started in, a lot of the cultural and character interplay is back as well, for the better.

The main character is less prominent, and even tempered by the machinations of the world and story again.

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  • B Campbell
  • 11-28-22

My honest review for a masterpiece series

This ain’t my first review for this series I have done a review for every book so far and I am honestly hooked on this masterpiece. I have reread the entire series 3 times and am still loving it, I can’t wait for book 8 and 9 very well done. I won’t give spoilers but yes this is a masterpiece and a half that’s the god dam truth (literally god dam, cuz you know Jason… why aren’t you laughing >:( )

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  • Alan R Blackhurst
  • 11-27-22

Fantastic, except for the word "Abzerd"

first if all, I've got to say I love the whole series. it's well written, well planned, the characters are ace, the world building is mega and it is a total nerd fantasy, but there is just one issue I have with the audio book version. Before I get any complaints, I know it's the Australian pronunciation of the word, but every time the guy says abzerd, it just makes me cringe. like nails on a chalk board. But apart from that I looooooove it. can't wait for the next installment. 😁

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  • James Williams
  • 11-23-22

Great story great narration, but the editing...

First of all, I recommend this to anyone who has listened this far.
Second, my applause to Mr. Deverell and Mr. Miller, I'm sure that spending at least 19 hours in a recording booth must be enough to drive anyone a little but nutty, and I'm fairly certain that writing this story must be one heck of an undertaking.
But in some parts it seems that the editor has gone for a "good enough" approach, don't get me wrong I'm sure many sleepless nights have gone into this endeavor but if the editing in some places was just a little bit tidier I'd have no issues.
I know it sounds like I'm complaining, but it's this minor hiccup that has held this book back just enough for me to not give the best overall review.
Still, great book, great series, I eagerly await the continuation of the story.

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  • KC Hollister
  • 11-22-22

Already listened to the whole series twice

Perfect litrpg escapades with a fantastic performance! If only the books were produced faster I'd be even happier.

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  • M A Courtney
  • 11-07-22

Great series

This one finds Jason back on the magic world. Nice seeing everyone reunited. A very funny series and I particularly enjoy the 80’s references, being in my 50’s I actually knowing what they are talking about!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-22

The best LitRPG on audible

Out of all the Light Novels this one is by far the best the only one i can think that would be able to compete is Tbate

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  • Suzy Turquoise Blue
  • 09-13-22

Dropped everything

As soon as I got the email the book was out, I dropped everything to listen to it. It really is bloody amazing. While waiting, I went through several other LitRPG's and none have come close to the awesomeness of HWFWM. Wandering Inn came close-ish, but this is still the best series. Now the long long long 3 month wait for the next book. Will try my best to keep myself entertained, like the months before this.

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  • Vigneswaran Appia
  • 10-03-22

Become repetitive and predictable

The series is starting to fall into a pattern that the author is clearly trying to break, but still not quite able to. Perhaps evolving Jason's relationships could help? Builder cultists, monster surges, Jason's afflictions... Its all becoming repetitive. Maybe the series should have been shorter. Or perhaps the author needs to explore new dimensions. I don't know, but I'm still committed to seeing this through to its end, however hard I have to trudge through the lengthy and familiar words.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-22

Too Short & Too Long

Quick feedback/review first for just Heath the "narrator" (nah.. performer! artist!), you do great work in this series. I couldn't imagine listening to the "He Who Fights With Monsters" series without you bringing the cast of characters to life. And, like I mention further below about how I've been buying into other new novel series based on another narrator doing their performance (Travis Baldree. and I know I'm not the only one who seeks his other works out), I'm now doing the same Heath based on your work with Shirtaloon's series here (i.e. buying the books of authors or series I haven't heard of before).

So be sure to start charging a premium as you're now a marketing ASSET that drives fresh revenue and NOT just providing a service for your time spent (...sorry authors+Audible).

--- And now the novel review itself:

19 hours of novel (...actually sub-10 hours at my playback speed) feels too short compared to the far too long 3 months of waiting until the next book in the series comes along.

I loved it, though. Like the other reviewer 'Suzy Turquoise Blue', I've also been branching out into other LitRPG series to fill the gaps between releases of He Who Fights With Monsters and the other 1 or 2 series that I actually truly look forward to like it.

There's always going to be aspects of a LitRPG novel that I could criticize from a "lit" standpoint. But so few novels of classic literature OR other LitRPG series do as good of a job as Shirtaloon does at both reliably making me laugh and reliably making me cry. And a flurry of other emotions in between.

I put down another LitRPG novel half-way through to pick up Book 07 of He Who Fights With Monsters on release day. And the contrast in my experience between the two series was so immediately clear. Even with those Shirtaloon characters that I don't "like", I never find myself not wanting to hear about what is coming up on the plot horizon for them next. And I was even a little disappointed in this novel that one annoyance of a character from the past didn't actually show up.

But with the other series' I've been reading? There's barely a character I care about or am not annoyed by, with me persisting with the novels only out of a small curiosity of what's to come with the overarching plot. And that they've got my other favourite narrator (Travis Baldree), which was the only reason I started the series. Gah!

Anyway... while I'm looking forward to December 13th 2022 and listening to Book 08 of He Who Fights With Monsters (three months time from now), I'd be much happier if it was going to arrive sooner. Surely you can just chain Heath Miller to a sound-booth and get him to pump it before the end of September? :-)


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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-14-22

all stars filled

loved it can not wait for the next one performance was great as always emotional and comic balance was excellent and character background was filled out leaving hints at a wider story I can't wait to unravel

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  • Kyung Whan Kim
  • 12-08-22

It’s good

Why they making me writing something? Come on! 15 words!? One two this reee for force

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-22

Fantastic Book

Loved it. Very well summed up book.
And fantastic narrator. Can not wait for book 8 to be released.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-22

Excellent! Good story

i have listened to this series all the way through. i couldn't put it down and had to listen every chance i got. cannot wait until the next book comes out in December.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-22

wow just WOW

I dont normally give a perfect review but this is the best series in the book. Just how the author has portraited Jason is soo good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-22

Great Books

I really like these books. The story and world building is really great and the narration is on point. I'm just getting a bit tired of Jason constantly wallowing in self pity, his 'woe is me' attitude and inability to just take a compromise and work with people without being difficult. Otherwise, keep going.

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  • patrick
  • 11-03-22

once again a great book and series.

as always a great book and look forward to the next 1 and can't wait for Jason to get to Diamond!!!