Mother of Learning
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.
- Overall Score
- Style Score
- Story Score
- Grammar Score
- Character Score
- Total Views :
- Average Views :
- Followers :
- Favorites :
- Ratings :
- Pages :
Leave a review
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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