Mother of Learning

by nobody103

Original ONGOING 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.

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As some of you may know, this story has already been posted to fictionpress for a while now. It's a story about a teenage mage living in a fantasy world, albeit one with guns and trains, trying to make sense of his world after being stuck in a Groundhog Day style time loop. After a number of people suggested I post the story here as well, I have decided to do just that. The story was pretty well received by the readers so far - more than I ever dared to hope when I first started writing this - so I hope the Royal Road community will enjoy it too.

I plan to post the first 8 chapters in quick succession and then slowly start updating the story at a rate of 1 chapter per day, until all 91 finished chapters are up.

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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
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Fourthwall
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I wasn't expecting this story to come over to RR but Mother of Learning is a fantastic story and well worth reading if you haven't already.

DNos
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Been following this story for 3 yrs nice to see it on royal road 

Savane
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One of my favourites ever

Can't stress how good this is. The world building, the character development, the twists and turns of the story, the grammar, everything is top notch.

One of the best web fictions there is.

 

 

Detellz
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Not much to say other than this is a great book. I've read a lot of it on another website. Great pacing, great characters, and an amazing plot. I can't wait to finish reading the story. 

lemonblade
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Don't waste your time reading my review, read it, do it. Do it Now!!!surprised. I might be biased but this is one of the best novels I have ever read, it has rational characters, expanding plots with explosive payoffs and twists, really good character dynamics and much much more. the novel is in its final stages with +90 chapters but its here on RRL now   

Ansraer
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One of the best webnovels out there

 I have been reading this story for over a year now and all I can say is wow. This is definitely one of the best webstories out there. The only thing that could be improved is the frequency of new releases, but if that's the price we have to pay for this masterpiece so be it.

Quantum_Mechanic
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Step 2: Press Favorite

Step 3 (optional): Contact work, school, friends, family, etc. Inform you will be taking a leave of absence/ Do Not Disturb for the forseeable future.

Step 4: Click on Good Morning Brother, Ch. 1

Step 5: Read content to end

Step 6: Press Next Chapter

Step 7: Repeat Step 5 and 6 until unable.

Step 8: Navigate to 

https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2961893/1/Mother-of-Learning 

Step 9: Select subsequent chapter from dropdown list.

Step 10: Read content to end

Step 11: Press Next Chapter

Step 12: Repeat Step 10 and 11 until unable.

Step 13: Resume normal daily life while obsessively checking for updates.

Been reading the monthly releases for a long time, excited to see it here, maybe converse with the author. Only hope it doesn't slow down release Ch. 91 is a massive plot shift.

Zaareish
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Mother of Learning is a fun read. The author connects seemingly normal events, actions, and people to larger entities, so to speak. The book focuses on the growth of the main character, both his understanding of what will happen, what has happened, and what must be 'happened. ' 

Spoiler: Spoiler

 

The world building is great, the characters are mostly well-defined, grammar is flawless, and the magic system is inspired. 

eccentrich
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This serial has been going on for 7 years...

This is definitely my favorite web serial of all time, and it's great to see it appear here at last.  I believe the story is almost finished, but I could be wrong.

This is my first review on RR, so if I screwed it up, it should have 5 stars.  There's really nothing bad I can say about it...  It does the whole concept of time loops extremely well, great characters, plot, world building, etc.

If you haven't read it, you should.  Unless you have extremely specialized tastes in writing...

Better than most published fiction...

(Even though I haven't done any reviews previously, I've mostly lurked here for a few years.)

Although the older chapters are flawless gramatically, some of the new chapters, right after being posted, do have a few typos & errors.  The author seems to do a good job of fixing them eventually, and they never are very bad.  It's quite possible that all of them will be fixed before being posted here.

Sofistico
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This is one hell of a masterpiece, i can't recommend you enough to read.