Mother of Learning

by nobody103

Original COMPLETED Adventure Fantasy Mystery Magic

Zorian is a teenage mage of humble birth and slightly above-average skill, attending his third year of education at Cyoria's magical academy. He is a driven and irritable young man, consumed by a desire to ensure his own future and free himself of the influence of his family, whom he resents for favoring his brothers over him. Consequently, he has no time for pointless distractions or paying attention to other people's problems. As it happens, time is something he is about to get plenty of. On the eve of the Cyoria's annual summer festival, he is killed and brought back to the beginning of the month, just before he was about to take a train to Cyoria. Suddenly trapped in a time loop with no clear end or exit, Zorian will have to look both within and without to unravel the mystery before him. And he does have to unravel it, for the time loop hadn't been made for his sake and dangers lurk everywhere... Repetition is the mother of learning, but Zorian will have to first make sure he survives to try again - in a world of magic, even a time traveler isn't safe from those who wish him ill.


If anyone is interested, I have a story-related worldbuilding site that can be found here. I don't update it as often as I should, but there is a fair amount of content there already. It also contains a page with all the fanart, fan translations, audio books and the like - you can reach it directly by clicking this link.

I have a patreon account for those kind people that want to give me money. It also contains info for those who want to donate via paypal.

The story was originally posted on fictionpress, back in 2011. When I reached chapter 91, I started uploading the story to RoyalRoad, one chapter per day. The story will continue to be updated on fictionpress as well as here, and can be reached by clicking on this link if somebody is interested, though at this point there is nothing there that isn't also on RoyalRoad.


The cover you see on the side has been made by a fellow RoyalRoad user Sydorow. Thank you for your time and art skills.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
1. Good Morning Brother ago
2. Life’s Little Problems ago
3. The Bitter Truth ago
4. Stars Fell ago
5. Start Over ago
6. Concentrate and Try Again ago
7. Of Gaps And Pretending ago
8. Perspective ago
9. Cheaters ago
10. Overlooked Details ago
11. Limiters ago
12. Soul Web ago
13. Any Second Now ago
14. The Sister Effect ago
15. Busy Friday ago
16. We Need To Talk ago
17. Sympathy for the Spider ago
18. The Pact is Sealed ago
19. Tangled Webs ago
20. A Matter of Faith ago
21. Wheel of Fortune ago
22. Complications ago
23. Lighting the Fuse ago
24. Smoke and Mirrors ago
25. The Unexpected ago
26. Soulkill ago
27. Cast Adrift ago
28. Cauldron ago
29. The Hunters and the Hunted ago
30. A Game of Shops ago
31. Marked ago
32. Alternatives ago
33. Gateways ago
34. Unreasonable Things ago
35. Mistakes Have Been Made ago
36. A Battle of Minds ago
37. Slow Burn ago
38. Return to Cyoria ago
39. Suspicious Coincidences ago
40. Shifting Tracks ago
41. Myriad Clashing Motives ago
42. Sum of its Parts ago
43. Overwhelmed ago
44. A Show of Trust ago
45. Fine Structures ago
46. The Other Side ago
47. Politics ago
48. Well of Souls ago
49. Substitution ago
50. Containment ago
51. Out of Control ago
52. Things Fall Apart ago
53. Phantoms ago
54. The Gate Is Barred ago
55. Threshold ago
56. Obscure ago
57. Unwanted ago
58. Questions and Answers ago
59. One Step Forward ago
60. Into the Abyss ago
61. Anthills ago
62. Improperly Used ago
63. The March of Days ago
64. Distance ago
65. Dangerous Ground ago
66. Marred Perfection ago
67. Convergence ago
68. Green Hell ago
69. Ruin ago
70. Carried Away ago
71. Shadows of the Past ago
72. Crossroads ago
73. Plodding Ahead ago
74. The Return ago
75. Soul Stealer ago
76. Critical Blunder ago
77. Testing ago
78. Grinding Stone ago
79. Crime and Evading Punishment ago
80. Enemies ago
81. A Civil Conversation ago
82. Ancient Circles ago
83. Scorpion ago
84. Powerless ago
85. Critical Mass ago
86. A New World ago
87. Agents of the Crown ago
88. Mysterious Ways ago
89. Victory ago
90. Change of Plans ago
91. A Path Paid in Blood ago
92. The Scramble ago
93. Shelter in the Storm ago
94. Ghosts ago
95. Betrayer ago
96. Contract ago
97. Illusory ago
98. Beneath the Surface ago
99. Powderkeg ago
100. Sacrifice ago
101. The Switch ago
102. Giants ago
103. Window of Opportunity ago
104. I Win (I) ago
105. I Win (II) ago
106. I Win (III) ago
Epilogue ago
Afterword ago

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Allister Hale

If this isn't trending soon I will be shocked.

No seriously.

Stop wasteing time reading this and other reviews and just start reading.

I've been following MoL since around the end of the first major Arc, what could be considered the first book. I rarely reread stories and this I will be using the fact that MoL has been added to RRL to read it from the start for like the fifth time or so.


If you're on the fence about whether or not to read this and need a sign... THIS IS IT!!! slow burn mystery with an MC that really makes it feel like he works hard to "level up" and earn his powers not just given inhuman magic because he was the chosen one. Great cast of characters and well fleshed out world. 

Free Food

A good fantasy story that uses the underrepresented time loop trope.

It's fairly different compared to most stories on RR, presumably because it was posted on another website.

Don't fear hiatus as the story has already been completed. I remember it used to be updated monthly and slow updates was the reason I dropped it at some point. The time loop may not have helped as it vaguely felt like reading the same thing over and over.

Still, the quality of each individual chapter does feel a cut above what you can get with daily chapter releases.

Be sure to give it try and maybe give the author some love.

Chattie Novella

At first I was really reluctant in having this a try as I'm not really into reading some original novels and I wasn't quite sure if I would really like this. Boy I was proved wrong. I wasn't able to see myself enjoying this novel but I was wrong. Not only was I'm so hooked with this but I have totally enjoyed every part of the novel. The premise was interesting, the world building is also commendable and the ending was also praise worthy.


I found it to be extremely enjoyable to read. The chapters are long and well written, the story itself is very long but not tiredless long, I never got tired or thought of quitting. The story has a good ending yet still leaves us with the desire for more. Very good read overall.


Style: Simple and straightforward. This is my first story on the site and I'd say I'm pretty new to the Fantasy genre. Im familiar that there's a few book series out there that are quite hard to comprehend, having experienced it myself, and unlike them Mother of Learning is easy to understand and the author's word choice is incredibly versatile making it a lot more enjoyable. 

Story: Phenomenal. The plot development was awesome and very consistent. Pacing was very stable, no crazy time skips where the mc becomes a literal god. Something that really impressed me was small, seemingly irrelevant, interactions and occurances that developed through the chapters and evolved into an impactful event. Things like that throughout the story just made me wow.

Grammar: Since im reading the story long after it was released i will judge the grammar as it is at the time of the review.  I just couldn't spot any spelling, grammar or punctuation errors. Sentences were also very well structured. 

Character: Man... Character development is crazy good and hit harder than Quatach-Ichl's favorite spell! Comparing the mc at the start and at the end I can only say that he is indeed a different person. Not only him, the way all the characters developed was an amazing experience. They were depicted very realistically it was as if I truly knew the mc irl and suprisingly three-dimensional. The characters were very real and human-like. The development was subtle, consistent and very real.  

Personal Opinion: By the time I finshed the story I was at a loss for words... The story kept me enganged in every single chapter. There were events that triggered a catharsis in me, so well done that I could feel them on an emotional level. Another thing worth praising is the characters and their development. I feel like I forged a soul bond with them by the time the story ended and I'm really happy that I stumbled upon this website that lead me to this story. I would give it even more stars if I could and that is your signal to start reading it right now! Im 100% sure that no person can regret spending their time to read this masterpiece of a story. 

TLDR: Style: Excellent, Story: Excellent, Grammar: Excellent, Characters: Excellent. Do yourself a favor and start reading it right now.

Bilbo Bob

Great characters, amazing premise, setup, writing, everything was just absolutely wonderful, the only issue I have with the book is that the characters have memories that are seemingly too good, even thought they have memory issues later on, it seems to be too good to be realistic i my opinion, but that's a SUPER minor point. Overall, wonderful job


One of the better time loop stories

Reviewed at: Afterword

It was a bit a rough start and I nearly gave it up several times with how the mc handles the first few loops. However, he hits his stride some chapters in and the story really takes off. The tension quickly builds and leads us to get excited over what he might attempt in each loop. Many of the side characters are well explored in each loop and it can get quite emotional at times, thinking about might have beens. The best par of the story though, is that it is completed. The ending might not be satisfying for everyone, but I think massive kudos to the author for writing a solid ending that winds down the incredible momentum from the many loops.


What's there to say that hasn't been said already? This novel is absolutely amazing. As i understand, the story was written as a medium for worldbuilding, which is to say that the world and the rules that govern it are super cool and well thought out. The characters and their struggles are interesting, but reading such a well crafted world is amazing for getting the reader drawn in.

The gaming geezer1

amazing, gripped me from start to finish im only sad that their is no additional cotent even though im late to the party :(  though the grammer still use some work. especially after nobody said he was gonna go back over it and try to fix any mistakes, but at the end of the day we are only human. key stroker key strokes key strokes key strokes