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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Best Timeloop Series I have read

Reviewed at: Afterword

Nothing much to say except its amazing. The only timloop series where the loop does not get old at all at any point


Time Loops Are Kinda Cool

Reviewed at: Afterword

By webnovel standards, this book is definitely one of the best I've read.

The plot is solid and maintains an appropriate pacing throughout most of the story, with only the end feeling perhaps a tad rushed. I haven't seen too many time loop stories outside of fanfiction so to many readers this should be a novel take on fantasy. The world is very fleshed out and consistent and the magic system is simplistic but well built.

The grammer is pretty consistently great as far as I could tell with only a couple of spots that had noticeable typos, but that is easily fixed with a round of editing which the author seems to plan on doing.

The writing style is good but a little bland with some spots where descriptions or explanations drag on longer than necessary and other spots where more imagery would really help flesh out the scene. Particular scenes didn't deliver the impact that they should have because the writing didn't manage to build up a proper atmosphere or the required tension.

Characters have believable roles and actions but don't particularly stand out from each other. They felt fairly similar in their personalities and could do with a bit more development.

Overall its a great fic with mostly minor flaws and definitely one worth reading.


Good novel but has its own issues

This story can basically be summed up as extremely well written, but ridden with plotholes. For instance there are times when he talks about remaining hidden and not exposing his relation with the spiders, but then blabs about them to other people who the rats can easily pluck information from. Furthermore, he seems a bit unwilling to use his time loop to its max ability for example ritual sacrifice to learn soul magic. After all after the reset the people will be back, but his magic won't disappear.

Overall, while it's one of the best written novrls out there the plotholes are rather infuriating


Top tier worldbuilding and character development

I've been following Mother of Learning elsewhere for years and I still look forward to every update. The story takes its time to really build up the world and characters, every part of it has the depth to really draw you in and get you invested in the story.

The start can be a bit slow but it is worth giving it a few chapters.
I fully expect this to hit the top ranks on here!


Rough start, hooked until the end

Reviewed at: Afterword

I gave up reading after a dozen or so chapters... twice.

I finally gave it another go and am glad I pushed through. I don't know exactly when, but at some point I just had to know what happens next and was captivated until the end. (This is a completed story.)

The protagonist is intelligent and relatable. The main cast of characters felt fleshed out. And once the plot gets going, there was plenty of intrigue, surprises, and payoffs.

I like the world and the magic system, and how it relies on practice and how to shape mana with one's mind. It mostly made sense to my skeptical mind.

My main criticism is that it took quite long for the story to really hook me in. (My guess would be 20-30 or more chapters.) And some parts felt a bit dragged out, going into too much detail.

But that vanishes in light of the plethora of things this story does well.


Mother of learning? More like Mother of great stories.

Reviewed at: Afterword

One day I was looking around in RoyalRoad, since the stotries I was following were yet to be updated with more characters. In a sense, I was hunting for more things to read. And then I came across this story.

I had seen it pop up several times before, but the synopsis didn't quite entice me. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a go. And so, I started the first chapter, which did spark that tiny flame that drove me to finish the whole story in 2 days, killing my sleep schedule in the process. 

All in all, an extremely enjoyable read that, while I do regret not giving a chance sooner, I am glad I finally did. The sad part about finishing is that now I need more stories to read... but such is the fate of a reader. I just hope that nobody103 writes more, since I've been entranced by their prose and style. 


Great time loop novel

Reviewed at: Afterword

Mother of Learning does something extremely well: the Timeloop. Zorian is constantly learning and adapting new things. He is progression with character and skill month after month. Sometimes taking breaks because he can't endure the mental stress without pause.

I always was interested what happens next and I am looking forward to some kind of Epilouge in which we can see the future of Zorian and his friends.


 This is very much a novel, not just a story.


I say that because it contains all the elements of a professional book more than most online web series. 

First off, it is well thought out. Everything from the character development to the rules governing the world makes sense and there isn't a sense of overstepping from the author. 

Secondly, it was planned. I presume...The story flows with a clear path and easy to see goals. There aren't fillers.

Lastly, the story feels polished. Like you would expect from a paperback. If that makes any sense at all. 


A great premise, that as time went on, slowly lost its allure

Reviewed at: 57. Unwanted




The premise was an interesting concept, I believe the first of it's kind that I've read so far, but the it seemed to me that the main character kept making idiotic decisions that halted the progress of the plot's progression in some way, in addition to giving him more troubles.This type of writing made my interest dwindle until around chapter 60, where I lost all interest altogether. If you want an interesting plot, a self destructive main character fumbling around for 50 chapter trying to reason things he doesn't understand, and very drawn out chapters, then you're in luck, because this novel is perfect for you.

Nicholas Obviouslyfakelastnamebecauseprivacy

A fantastic story with incredie twists, an incredible plot, diverse characters, and a nearly flawless execution. This is by far the best book I have ever read. Ever.