The Return of the Sorceress

From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a magical novella of revenge and redemption. 

Yalxi, the deposed Supreme Mistress of the Guild of Sorcerers, is on a desperate mission. Her lover and confidant seized her throne and stole the precious diamond heart, the jewel that is the engine of her power. Yalxi sets out to regain her magic and find a weapon capable of destroying the usurper. But this will mean turning to unlikely allies and opening herself up to unpleasant memories that have been suppressed for many years. For Yalxi is no great hero, but a cunning sorceress who once forged her path in blood—and must reckon with the consequences.

Set in a fantastical land where jewels and blood provide symbiotic magical powers to their wearers, The Return of the Sorceress evokes the energy of classic sword and sorcery, while building a thoroughly fresh and exciting adventure ripe for our era. 


Bestseller Moreno-Garcia (Mexican Gothic) packs an impressive plot into limited space in this dark sword-and-sorcery secondary world fantasy.… This well-plotted novella zips along with the darkly fascinating Yalxi at the helm.

Publisher's Weekly

"An efficient and energetic novella."


"This is a story about love and justice, friendship and redemption. And the way it got there – that’s the best part of this unexpected journey."

Reading Reality

"THE RETURN OF THE SORCERESS is a quick, engaging, and highly entertaining read. This is the sort of fictional universe that I would love to return to again and again. Highly recommended to Moreno-Garcia’s fans, as well as fans of Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard, The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark, and Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse."

Bonus Content Review

"Beautifully written, just like all of Moreno-Garcia’s books."

Books, Bones, & Buffy

"Silvia Moreno-Garcia weaves a story that questions everything we believe about power, loyalty, friendship, and the subtle and obvious influence of mentors."

Anthony Card

"[THE RETURN OF THE SORCERESS gets straight into the heart of the story and [keeps] interest to the end."

Dear Author