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.
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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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This novel is fun to read. Its like Groundhog Day but with a month instead of a day. The long chapters is a treat. Hope this novel gets a sequel.
You've seen the other reviews, I've got nothing new to add. Just take a look at the first 3 chapters and if you don't like it, then the story's not for you. For the rest of you people, or as I like to call it, for those of you that don't have mental disabilities, enjoy the ride!
Interesting premise, well thought out magic system, and great writing. The title doesn't do the story justice in my mind but definitely worth reading.
The author avoids being too repetitive despite the story being about a time loop. Time skips are common to explain the rapid advancement in skills during parts of the story. The protagonist goes from slightly above average in the beginning (and even below average in some aspects) to someone who can be considered a continental powerhouse by the end.
My only major complaint is that I want more! (Sequel anyone?)
If that doesn't sound cool enough, I don't know how else to convince you to read this literary masterpiece.
I am Zorian Kazinski. I have traversed far and wide. Through treacherous jungle and scorching desert. I have battled monsters you have only read of in books. From flying abominations to underground dwellers to undead creatures that would terrorize your nightmares. I spent years honing my spellcraft relentlessly. I spent incalculable time in a dimensional box that would have driven any sane person mad. I have thwarted my enemies through cunning and patience. Even sacrifices when I must. I consider myself to be well-learned and persistent. I have accomplished what few has, but have failed so much more.
I am Zorian Kazinski, the third son of a minor merchant family from Cirin, accidental time traveler, and quite possibly the most powerful human mind mage in all of Altazia…
…and this is my story.
The Mother of Learning is a modern classic for a reason... if I were to boil it down to what makes it so popular I think the reminig constituents would be a pushy, drivy, moving forward phase without much bumps on the way and the character/driven humor. Combine the two and you have a great story, like The Motjer of Learning
1. Your cover art looks like it belongs to a children's book. As an alternate design, I suggest the timeline symbol on a mottled-black background with randomly placed eyes of different animals.
2. Your first few chapters are kind of boring. I wasn't immediately hooked.
To say my two problems a different way: I skipped past this book several times because the cover art was unappealing. And then when I finally gave it a try, I nearly quit after the second chapter because I wasn't hooked.
Ignoring these two problems, the rest of the book is fantastic! Thank you so much for writing this!
The book is really enjoyable, I'm in the ch. 9 but I already love it!
Good world, good character, well wrote and so on!
Everything is great!
Not really much to say. It is probably the best web novel ever written. It is so good that it makes it diffcult to read other time-loop stories.
I love this story and adore what it represents, a genre done right. Characters gain power at a good pace, characters are explored magnificently, plot pacing is heavenly and there is never a boring part or lull which would result in leaving the story to 'continue' it later.
A hallmark in virtual novels.
I'm going to be honest here, the beginning of the story was captivating, but a bit slow, however, the plot progressed and the author really displayed his skill and grabs your attention to the point where you find yourself blazing through the story in its entirety with a fervent passion akin to a raging inferno as it caresses a wooden house.
There are very few plot-holes in the story, despite its length and characters are flushed out so well!
This piece uses that small cast and does wonders with it, and from beginning to end its one hell of a ride becuase you learn so much through sk many different events. Every chapter is novel in some way and ALWAYS introduces some new element or piece of information to the story.
These additions are never irrelevant.
There are no great leaps in logic, no plot-convenience nor and McGuffins or concrete elements.
Power is balanced in the story and it goes through great lengths to clearly express to you, the reader, that regardless of power, you can die.
Beyond that, antagonists and protagonists, as well as the supporting cast, all have a sense of depth and while this depth may vary depending on screen time, it's done in a way that allows you to easily understand what you're reading and possible long-reaching consequences of various courses of action.
Also, the author is an expert at integrating modern ideas or references in a way that makes the world your ead seem foreign to what you know. Frankly, I'm impressed. No author I've ever read from gas managed to do it so thoroughly and so convincingly as this one has.
Also, there are occasional theory-dumps, but those mainly occur at the last few chapters and are quite small, the only inconvenience is that you won't understand how the very complex magic functions. And the author sometimes fails to properly integrate certain jargon or trips over modern terms. Though, this only occurs 3 times in the story. This story is 108 chapters long. I find that almost complete lack of errors/blunders, amazing.
Magic itself, is astounding in how well it's presented. The way its explored is astounding and the growth which occurs throughout the story is both believable and logical. That's a very hard thing to find in ANY story.
And in later chapters there are some grammatical errors, but I chalk that up to them not being edited yet.
Dear me, I almost forgot the fights! Nothing in battle is ever static and every single one is unique, never once have I grown bored reading a fight in this story, quite the opposite. I don't know what is going to happen and I cannot accurately predict how their new skills will apply. Also, the style makes the scenes very concise and to the point.
Redundancies are an extinct species in this novel.
All in all, despite some minor gripes with the story, it's a thoroughly captivating experience that I would recommend to everyone.