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.


Next Chapter Target Date: 25th of August, 2019

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.


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

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The Hype is spreading.

I'm really happy that a lot of RR only readers will now have the chance to read this wonderful story.

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A long-time favorite.

I have been a follower of this novel for years. I was lucky enough to run into it when I first started reading web novels, and have periodically checked back and read updated chapters about once a month. This novel excels on a plethora of fronts. The author uses impeccable grammar and structure that makes reading easy and pleasing, and it is rare to find a spelling mistake or word oversight.

Pacing as well is accomplished phenomenally, with both character personality and power growth occuring at an onverall consistent rate with small breakthroughs at well-placed and natural intervals that are just enough to keep them moving forward without overreaching.

When I have the time I will come back and do a more in-depth review, because this story is one that deserves to have it's virtues extolled at length, but for now I will just say this: Mother of Learning is a fantastic story that consistently ranks itself among my favorite three web novels, often holding first place. It has been the story that I have returned to most often over the years, and I have never once been disappointed with it. If you want a good read, you'll find it here.



Piotr Piasecki
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Story you would love to experience all over again.

Great prose, interesting characters and plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. What's more, it's one of the few titles that are really without any plotholes - everything works together perfectly. No wonders it's one of the staple rational stories. Wonderful stuff :)

JcW Swe
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This is my first review on this site, and its a fun post to do for me, as this is actually the first ever webnovel i read.

I have read alot of novels over the years and the last year or two I have started using goodreads to find more. Somehow I ended up in Andrew rowe's author page and in a reply he did to a question suggested to read mother of learning and linking it. I absolutely loved it! The story felt fresh, had the whole young person learns magic in a school setting vibe that I especially like, and characters and story are spot on. The author does an amazing job so far, and I always look forward to the next chapter. 

I have since I started reading this novel, read ALOT of webnovels. So I just had to write this and say thank you for opening my eyes to webnovels and making me find this site and others like it! And now this webnovel got here too. :) 

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One of the best around

As a fic that doesn't simply copy an already established setting it obviously needs some time to set down the ...well, "setting", which does make for somewhat of a slow start.

Once the first loop (4 chaps) is passed the story kicks in a new gear and really starts to shine.

And outshines basically every fanfic out there.

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I remember having read this on fictionpress quite a while back .and I'm ecstatic that you're moving it to here. This would have to be one of the best and most well executed time travel fictions, with so many things to keep the readers attention.

This definitely deserves to be amongst the top of the rankings.

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Usually I dislike stories with time travel, not this work of art.

Got all the points that make timehopping stories great, without the annoying paradoxs

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Welcome to royal road. I love your fiction since I stumbled it on fiction press and I will love it again reading it here. I hope that you will have a great stay here and will create another great fiction when you finish reposting this story here. Have a great stay and good luck.

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Fantastic. Read it.

This is a fantastic read. I've been reading it on another site, and it is fantastic. Do yourself a favor and start reading this one.

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An amazing read you will not regret reading. I've been reading it for the last year and i'v only good things to say. It's very enjoyable. One of my top web novels