He Who Fights with Monsters 4: A LitRPG Adventure (He Who Fights with Monsters, Book 4) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In the wake of an unexpected homecoming, Jason questions if there is still a place for him in the world he left behind.
Forced to confront what he has become in his time away, he feels more alien than ever. But his old world is hiding secrets that he never knew.
As he starts to unravel what has been hidden from him his entire life, he discovers that not only might he fit in better than ever but he may be exactly what the world needs.
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|Listening Length||22 hours and 20 minutes|
|Author||Shirtaloon, Travis Deverell|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 28, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #334 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#14 in Horror Fiction
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The whole arch-plot of the series is further explained except it makes no sense in its implementation. You open astral spaces on land to cause conflict OR underwater to promote energy transfer in a stealth manner because there are no magic capable sentients underwater ; there is no reason to do both given the Builder level goals (design specifications it turns out.)
And finally the author obviously has problems with govt in OZ, and like every other socialist blame the USA for his countries failures. [aka the author can't stop ragging]
I’m dropping the series. The good stuff ends at book 3…
Jason’s story takes a sharp turn. From the cover, it’s an easy guess as to who the woman is, not sure why she’s back, (when her death meant so much to Jason) also she changed a lot and it’s not touched on as she’s lost in all the other characters. All fine elements...
I liked the 4 battles, didn’t like the conversations or the inherent issues (ad nauseam) with killing people in an rpg when your life is on the line. No new powers or growth, no loot besides a gun essence… All the interesting characters are gone for this installment replaced by woman with love interest, positions of influence or family ties (literally ever new character, not an issue but it’s a turn from the story so far). Reads like a sitcom hence the title…
I think the only strength in this book is the letdown
A big part of Jason's foray into the world of magic and monsters, in the previous books, are predicated on him fighting said monsters (whether they're actual bonafide monsters or "evil humans"). Not so much in this book. Combat takes up much less of the book than the previous ones in the series.
The fighting takes a back seat in this iteration as we find Jason back on Earth. Here he's trying to tackle dying (again) while finding that Earth has more in store for him magic-wise, than he ever expected.
We find a more serious and introspective Jason looking to reinsert himself into his families lives. He is thoughtful and pensive and we read about him processing a lot of his thoughts from both his "new" time back home on Earth and from his time as an adventurer. As Jason winds down we see him develop as a character and getting some long overdue handling on a bad case of PTSD.
Don't worry, there's still plenty of snark to go around, and a fair bit of combat too. Status screens and power descriptions are few and far in between though, the holes filled with worldbuilding, back story and character development - for a lot of side characters as well. Side characters who are wonderfully fleshed out, each with their own personalities, dreams and desires. This is a change of pace from the previous books, but a welcome one, as I found it to be as equal of a pageturner as the others.
I was initially skeptic towards the ending of book 3, because I couldn't really see how Jason's experiences would translate well into being back on Earth in a "normal" setting. Boy was I wrong.
While different, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to any fan of the series. Looking forward to see what the next book has in store. It's gonna be a long 4 months.
I was expecting to be delighted by the book and my every expectation was met and exceeded!
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He Who Fights With Monsters is a series with splendid bad guys, beautiful godd guys, and a main character who would be a hero if his powers, spells, and skills didn't sound so damned evil.
Jason continues his adventures, despite the minor inconvenience of having died at the end of the previous book, and has a chance to try and resolve some of the ghosts of his past and the regrets he has built up.
Funny, page-turning, and with wonderfully presented insights and observations about humans and our motivations and conundrums, book 4 is another fantastic volume in a brilliant series.
Oh and get ready for more 80s tv shows like airwolf (dont mention the fourth series) or the dabacle of team nightrider (why on gods earth was it mustangs and not transams),plus other references to iseka etc even one punch man gets a mention but no streethawk for the motorcycle bit common it needs a rewrite.