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