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MOTHER OF LEARNING

An extraordinary fantasy that continues to outdo itself, one of very few that are a MUST-READ.

By nyteli, member

Jul 3, 2017: This is the time loop story that anyone and everyone who’s a lover of fantasy never knew they wanted. And oh boy, once you start, it is soo addicting so prepare yourself for hours gone by in a blink and sleep deprivation. I should also mention the hair-tearing wait in-between chapters . . . 

I think all you really need to know summary-wise can be condensed into the author’s own blurb: "Zorian, a mage in training, only wanted to finish his education in peace. Now he struggles to find answers as he finds himself repeatedly reliving the same month."

But what really sells it is how the author exploits the time loop mechanic into something that lets him build a truly original and ever expansive fantasy world around Zorian’s relatively small locus at the start. Zorian’s no charming hero, but you get to follow him as he tries to make heads or tails of a phenomenon way out of his paygrade (but wait, he’s just a student!) and slowly (really slowly) grows as a person and a mage.

This is the paradigm for a slow burn to competence. If you love characters bootstrapping themselves out of hot potato quandaries, with rational/realistic (for fantasy) solutions to their problems, then look no further. Every little detail is a Chekhov’s gun pointed to a beautiful culmination later in the plot. And for a fiction that’s core is about resolving an arcane mystery, there are many wonderful moments of character interaction as Zorian stumbles around and (incidentally) learns more than he ever expected about the people around him.

Delight in a fantasy that just never lets go once you’re drawn in.

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