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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You don't find a lot of time travel stories here on RR. Here, this work is fairly unique. New. It's also well written. Every chapter delivers consistently. Easy 5.
The characters are just so damn good. Every character is unique and you always understand why they do certain things. It's not just random and no character is black or white, every one of them has bad traits but also good traits, even the "bad" persons.
You can also see, that the author planned out the whole story :)
The only possible downside of this story: no romance. But it's not needed. Because this story is just too damn good.
I don't really see how anyone could give this anything other than 5 stars. This has some of the most well developed characters and story on the site, the world building is AMAZING, the pacing is a good balance between description, character development, and story developement.
My favourite story on Royal Roadl. The characters are well thought through, and each seems genuinely unique and complex. the author manages to avoid the classical tropes that many authors of webnovel fall into and which annoy me.
In line with the well thought through characters the magic system is likewise thought through and the depth of it only adds to the story!!!
thanks for writing this
Love the story, the pacing is brilliantly done and really pulls the reader in. I was hooked after just a few chapters and went on to Fictionpress to read the rest because I couldn't wait for it to come out on here.
Couldn't recommend a story more, I wouldn't have been surprised if I picked this up in a shop somewhere.
I read it before it was published here and was surprised to see it listed. I get that the author wants to reach a larger audience, but the novel is honestly too good for this website. It seems sorely out of place with how high quality it is. 10/10
Fantastic story. Well developed, funny, With mystery and with a list of characters that is wide and interesting .
One of the best book i ever read
Enjoy more than many official/professional work
Magic system complex, the best I ever read about
I like the style
Arguably the best story:
No exposition, just a slow reveal of the world as the story progress
Never seen a fault on the grammar
Even in a time loop, there is more character progression than 99% of the others story
In each itteration we have a bit revelated to us and by acting differantly we learn different thing
Read upto ch 92, its really good. basically groundhog-day but a month long, multiple loopers, and magic. It also has great worldbuilding.
Finally on Royal Road!
MoL is one of my Top 3 favorites of all time, God knows how many times I have reread it from start to latest chapter released at the time.
Sometimes, when I have a coupIe hours free in a busy week I commit the mistake to read the first chapters and can't stop until there is no Next Chapter button!!