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MOTHER OF LEARNING

One Of The Best Fictions I’ve Ever Read

By caerulex, author of Apex Predator

Jun 27, 2017: “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” – Zig Ziglar

When I first heard of this book, it was on a Reddit forum for fictions similar to HPMOR (Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality). I had just finished that book and was desperate for another excellent, binge-worthy read. I found that in Mother of Learning.

At first, since I had never heard the quote above, I literally thought the book was going to be about some "mother" of "learning," aka a wise witch or something who teaches magic. Nope! The title could just as easily be "Repetition."

Zorian, the MC, is a normal guy in a magical world, as in he has decently well-off parents, an older brother who seems to be better than him (or so he thinks) in every way, and an annoying little sister. He heads off to school, goes to class, does well, yadda yadda.

Then, his school falls under attack. And at the end of a series of incredible events, everything goes black. And then, Zorian wakes up, back in his room at home, away from the academy and all the insanity. What happened?

Soon, he finds that he’s stuck in a month-long time-loop. This is a story of Zorian unraveling the secret of the recurring attack that occurs at the end of each month, Zorian finding out who he really is (coming of age), and Zorian using his excellent brain-power and cold cunning to uncover the mystery of the time loop and find a way to escape.

Mother of Learning is one of the most excellently written fictions I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, right up there with my favorite, Worm.

Even if you hate time travel (me!), the science (or magic, I suppose) behind the time loop is explained and makes practical sense: it isn’t just a convenient gimmick.

tl;dr: read Mother of Learning, no matter who you are, because it is pure, distilled excellence.

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