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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Can't be recommended enough

I've been following this story for about five years now, and it's easily in my top 5 for things I've read online, maybe number one. A few months ago I went back and reread everything and it is every bit as good as I remember it being. Seriously, this is professional level work in web novel format. 

The story is incredibly engaging and well done, and I have not noticed any interal errors or inconsistencies. The story feels incredibly planned out and well put together. The characters are all engaging and feel like real people. 

There are a few grammar errors here and there, but with incrdibly long chapters they are easily glossed over and don't impact the reading experience in any way. Overall the prose is well put together and fits the tone of the story. 

To me this is a clear example of what web novels should be, very long with an engaging story and a high quality level that persists throughout every chapter. I can't remember reading any chapter that felt like it was lacking compared to the rest. If any aspect of the story sounds interesting after reading the synopsis you should start reading right now, but only if you are not busy for the next few days. If you are, prepare to miss all your appointments. 

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A pillar of online reading.

It is great  have been keeping up with it for years now on fictionpress and while we are nearing the end I will always be looking forward to more chapters!

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Very INTERESTING and HIGHLY enjoyable!

Very very very very very very very very very interesting! Nicely done! High quality work!! I recommend it to EVERYONE!!! I just went trough more than 90 chapters in 3 days. The characters are nice and interesting! And the plot twists.....Uhh..NICE! Character growth is real, and they have depth too........... this added to a very nicely built up story makes it a really enjoyable read. Im happy i found this novel!


gaius maximus
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I have been following this novel in fictionpress for years and I will recommend the novel to anyone who likes fantasy genre. A fantasy novel with a modern touch to it where the mc learns and improve himself in a time loop without knowing when it ends while taking his life with it. The novel itself is about his and his companions struggle to escape this false sense of reality.

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One of, if not the best stories

There’s a reason why this is the #1 story on royal road. If you haven’t read it already, you really need to

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Probably my favorite webnovel

It's amazing. Also really appreciate the new cover art. 

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My favorite fiction since years ago

The best time slipped fiction, I have read. I was already a follower when it was publish on fictionpress and I hope the hype will grow on royalread.

In a nutshell : Great characterization, suspenseful and well stringed mysteries and a wonderful world-building with diverse culture, land and tribe.

Have a good read !

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You should just get ready for a great story

tl;dr -- just follow it.

as many have eluded, this story has been published elsewhere and has now graced Royal Roads.  I think I started following this story way back in 2013 or so.  First 20 chapters for sure.just follow it and enjoy the incredible world building.


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Followers since many years...

I read this story on another site since 2014. Really great . I recommend for all people !

My review need no more ! 

Le Blanc
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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 !!!!