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.
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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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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.
Publishing levels of writing, grammar, and characters. A slow burner for the ages. The first ten chapters lead up to, what is likely one of the largest mysteries on the website. Personally loved it. The ending was worth waiting for. While it may have gotten a little slow in some places, It most definitely picked up pace in the important moments.
Read the title. You already know what it is. You see it at the number one slot. The Daddy of all daddies. It's perfect. I've read it twice. I've dreamed about it at least three times. It's the GOAT. I've read at least a hundred time loop stories, (I'd say hundreds, but I'm not sure there are that many) traditionally published and otherwise. This is the best one. Hands down.
A unique story that instantly ensares you with a unique magic system, and a mysterious loop, with the only lead being a dangerous tine traveler that might be under the control of a far more sinister force. In the first read through, the simple mystery leads you forward, always making you guess on what could be next. We watch as Zorian slowly becomes an Archmage, and discovers the secrets of the loop. Even after reading this book half a dozen times I still love it every singl time. It's characters are all unique, the magic system feels organic, and the loop is still amazing and fun.
I loved this book. I became hooked and binged the whole thing in a week. It's one of the best things I've read in ages and it's so remarkably amazing for a new writer. I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for him to put out new work. I have a few gripes with the pacing, especially in the second part of the story, and I wish it would have continued on just one or two more chapters. I'm hopeful we see more of Zorian, either through the sequel Nobody103 mentioned might be more slice of life style, or through new stories with him being seen in the background. I'd love to return to this world. It's simple and complex at the same time. I'm enamoured.
Guess it would be fitting for my first review to be of the novel that got me into Royal Road in the first place!
Mother of learning is an outstanding work of fiction. The base premise and the execution are excelent and mostly stable throughout the whole story.
That being said, it's not perfect and a few points drag a bit much, but it doesent come even close to expoiling the good things it has.
So far this is still my favourite story in this site, and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who is into fantasy, D&D or timely whimely stuff in general!
This story may have few chapters but there is so much character development and world building that you will feel like you know everything about this magic world after this. I think I read this story over the weekend binge reading because I couldn't stop. It is a well thought out story, and although it is a time loop little changes are enough to create a butterfly effect. It is interesting to see how our choices can have such big impacts on the future.
I recommend this story for anyone that loves magic, mysteries and riddles.
I love this book so much, granted I have always enjoyed the time loop concept executed well, and well here is probably the best I have ever seen it done. Very in depth characters, great story, I don't think I have ever seen a grammar problem, and man this author has style. Would recommend to anyone looking for what I call a time travel which is ironic considering the nature of this book, but what I mean is you pick up the book on Friday, and you put it down, look up and its saterday evening already. That's what this is, you really get fully drawn in to the story, to each characters struggles, you pick sides, you root for certain people, and you definitly get emotionally invested. Most of all, you will be dissapointed in this book, because it ends, and that will be the greatest disappointment of all, because unfortunately all good things must come to an end. If I could I would wipe my memory of this book so I could re-read it fresh, I can not wait to see what other works this author produces in the future, but they have a lot to live up to.
Over time i had a chance to read a lot of novels, be it originals or translations. This one I started reading before many others on my list. And this one is one of few i can always remember about, when other are long forgotten.
Nostalgia that was inside me is gone now, so let's speak about this novel from more technical side.
Authors writing quality is great. I am writing here not only about grammar and such, but also about story itself. Story, that had me interested in each chapter, which is also important thing.
I am always very bothered by plot holes, illogical behaviour or just plain stupidity of characters portrayed by author. Here i had no such problems. Every character, his actions and motivations were very believable.
I had also no problems bonding with MC, which many authors (whether they create good or evil MC) can't really manage.
The only CON i can think about is that the story ended :). And don't get me wrong, despite it only being 100ish chapters, those chapters are really long and packed to the brim with story. Just like i like it.
It's must read.
First of all, thanks for the amazing story. it was a blast to read something like it. It was such a long book I feared getting bored in the middle, but that didn't happen. it was great. Alright, pleasantries aside, I have something to say about some characters.
First of all, Kael, the genius alchemist was underused. For all his worth and talent at making potions that could have helped Zorian get over his lacking physical capacities, our alchemist friend only acted as the connecting bridge to Alanic & Lukav.
Secondly, Lukav: No matter how I Look at him, he comes out as a completely unimportant character.
I think it would have given the story more weight if Zorian had found out about Alanic through the Church, allowing bypassing kale and Lukav entirely from the story and allowing you to bring the cats in the story much sooner since they are more important.
Nochka, the cat girl, was enough to take Kirielle from Zorian's hands and allow deeper character development.
Thirdly, it seemed like you got distracted around the 40th or so chapter because after that the telling just took over. I truly believe that was the time you could have started experimenting with multiple character povs. It woudl ahve allowed you to greater work on the character interactions with the environment. Currently, everything after the fiftieth chapter reads like a summary.
And I have a question. Was the Red robe supposed to be Zach's simalacrum and the idea got dropped somewhere? Because it sure as hell felt like so. Zach's tempered mind and the clear disappearance of his classmate seemed like a distraction. I thought you put all the soul related restriction on Zach so he couldn't find out about the missing copy running around. And him remembering the scroll on the pirate boat meant it had left a deep effect on him.
It would have been a great twist if red robe was Zah;'s clone. The primordial could have made him a new body in the real world and everything could have been the same otherwise.
Alright, that's it for me. I hope e get to read the sequal sometime soon. Thank,s agian fro writing something so mazing.