Mother of Learning

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.


Mother of Learning is now avilable for sale on Amazon at the following link. The story will remain avilable in full here on Royal Road and on Fictionpress, but if you're more interested to read the story as a Kindle Edition e-book you now have a way to do that.

An audiobook and a physical edition of the book are coming as well. I will keep you all updated on that as things develop.


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 Fictionpress version of the story 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.

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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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Lovely, awesome surprise

Bloody hell, the thing that really blew my mind is - MC is really progressing. Really. Progressing. You can see character development so pretty nicely it’s just insane. So many legit books don’t have this kind of development. My respect. Can't say anything about grammar because it's not my native language, but beside that - the story is very well paced, have great balance between worldbuilding, action, plot or whatever else you want to get out of great story. I actually think of it as the story on the same level as some of my favourite dead tree books I like a great deal.

(Oh my. How many times I wrote great? So far the mighty fallen.)

Anyway, I am speaking Mr Brandon Sanderson, duo Ilona Andrews, Sergei Lukyanenko, David Weber or Michelle Sagara like. Kick-ass story and big surprise. Lovely, awesome surprise if you like this kind of stories.

Adam C.

This is one of the best online novels I have ever read! Now please hurry up & finish the next chapter so I can sate my addiction. 🤤


Groundhog's Day : But with Magic!

If you found the idea of watching a magical version of Bill Murray in Groundhog's Day or just a keen idea of how magic and time travel works. 

You may just love this series. 

I read it when the writer published on anothr site. Glad he came over here to share his love.

Oddly enough...I do have this story on my browser favorite...been holding off reading to let the writer bank as much as possible. It's such a good read that I can easily binge it to the end. Gah!


So give this a read if you want to try out magic and time travel repeating days...good stuff!!


I have to say this was a great read. I really look forward to reading the rest as it comes out.

Le Blanc

Other Dimensional view

I thought that im an expert and experience reader... but then this gem slap mah face off and shove onto mah head what it is really... this is an over all other worldy novel that can tople the mind of a 190 iQ level and experience reader thought im no 190 iQ mah experience and knowledge can flop thise numbers ... ay ay 5 star is the true level upon u that i bestow !!!!


Lots of reviews. But i'll give a review anyway!

One of the best reads in RoyalRoad so far! Glad author decided to share the story to us in here. Anyways most reviews already discussed what the story is. All I can say is Good Job!


Excellent. Not much more needs to be said. I'll be sad to see it finally finished.


This is the first book after more then 2 years on the site that I have moved to endorse, so bear with me here. Never been geat at these

So happy you moved this over here so I can find all my favorite tears in one place! Seriously though people,  if you haven't read this already do you self a favor and start immediately! Great plot,  geat characters,  and I think the timing of events is really well managed. 

Love that Zorian isn't a blast them to hell munchkin and proves that at the end of the day enchanters would be freaking terrifying enemies.


Side Note: I was reading On The Shoulders of Titans (Arcane Ascension Book 2) and the author makes a nod to this series that I appreciated more then I probably should have.


One of my favorite stories

This story is one I am always looking forward to reading.

The characters are realistic and fleshed out and introduced quite well so that (at least for me) you don't need to think "Who the fuck is that guy"

I also like that seemingly unimportant details can turn out to be connected to later plots.

Another bonus point is that the time loop is explained in the later chapters, which is a nice touch. Actually you can say this about the entire story - it just makes sense.

I would also like to list some negative aspects, but I (sadly) can't think of any right now, except maybe for the slow update speed (not here but on where all the chapters are), but I prefer quality before quantity.


Thus I conclude my essay, with a thank you to the author for such a wonderful story


Been following this for 6 years now.

I have been following it since it was first posted on Baka-tsuki YEAAARS ago. Maybe 2012? This, and the Devil's spice are my 2 first original work web novels.

And I have to say this one tops all others in this genre hands down.