Mother of Learning

by nobody103

Original HIATUS 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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Next Chapter Target Date: November, 2019 (No Exact Date)

The story updates with a new chapter every 3-4 weeks. I aim for one chapter every 3 weeks, but real life sometimes interferes with that and I end up taking an extra week to finish things.

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.

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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
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
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Saffron Heart
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Engaging, Well-Written and Consistent

Among the most well-written among all kind of stories I have read until now.

Since the author has stuck with stuff he/she is good at, the story turns out to be a great read. For example, the planning for the plot and magic system, and no unneccessary moral or ethical preaching (which is very hard to pull-off in a story).

The plot is consistent, has a proper focus and is meticulously planned. How Zorian, the MC, and other characters get influenced by the time-loop is also something that's worth mentioning. And thus you'd grow up liking the characters, the system and the story. 

There are a number of memorable and intriguing characters as well, like the ancient lich. And all of them have some or the other role to play in the bigger picture and plot, which makes the story a delectable treat.

First 3-4 chapters may seem like a drag, because the hook isn't introduced until then. But I suggest that readers stick with the story, and I guarantee that they are up for an enjoyable ride.

Honudes Gai
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Lets talk about what I didnt like.

Since every reveiw talks about all the best things, I thought I would just mention the problems I had with it.

 

The author has a lot of problems seprating Zorian/Author knowledge from the other characters, it would seem characters suddenly know what they previously did not, just because the author doesnt want to spend time rehashing the scence again. Kind of a problem with a Ground hog story.

 

similar to the above, characters will almost complelty abandon their devloped personiailties to talk and act the same way Zorian does....it will honesly seem like Zorian is just confirming things he already knows with himself, the problem being he is talking to one of the other major characters. Sometimes they arent even aware of the time loop when they are doing their best(unitended) Zorian impression.

 

Both of these problems seem to me like a author trying to rush parts out. Chapters 88-91 just confirm that, feeling like an author who has gotten tired of  his own story.

 

I still compeltly recommend reading it, because you will find few stories as good as this in the online novel genre.

Skoonting
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Not gonna talk too much about it, but for anyone who hasn't heard about MoL or read it, just know that it's a classic among web novels. I'd highly recommend it if you love some time travel fantasy magical shenanigans 

distro
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one of my favorites

if you hadn't discovered this story yet, it is your loss.

follow the journey of discovery of young mage Zorian. there's very little romance, unless you are into ancient liches.

don't waste your time reading reviews, just go ahead and dig into the fabulous story.

j03man
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The only downside of this entire story is its slow release pace. Amazing characterization, grammar is unimpeachable, the story and world are well thought out, and the style sucks you in constantly wanting more.

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   

CandyAddict
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Incredible Fantasy Groundhog Day

I've been following this for years, and it never gets old. It has great worldbuilding, magic mechanics, plot, grinding, munchkinery, character development, and even interesting side characters. The writing is great as well, with scenes that really leave you empathizing with the characters.

Without any spoilers, this is basically the fantasy version of groundhog day, with magic and mystery. Even with the time loops, the protagonist's power levels are always internally consistent with the story and reasonable, and as of yet, I haven't seen any real plot holes or inconsistencies.

TLDR: 10/10 read it.

EmeraldEnd
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Best Webnovel You'll Ever Read

One of the best webnovels I've ever read. Depicts a groundhog day except with western mages learning how to save the world. I can only hope more authors follow the example you've set, we'll all be better off for it. I love you and what you do @nobody103

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