Illustration for the "Boston Globe" for the book review article: "Circe"

"Circe is her name, and witchery is the offense that has gotten her exiled to a remote and hilly place called Aiaia. The eldest of Helios’s four immortal children with the naiad Perse, Circe had been thought a mere nymph, humble in her powers. But like her siblings, secret witches all, she eventually discovered the magic dormant within her. After she transformed a mortal she loved into a god and a rival nymph into a sea monster, her father and Zeus discovered it, too, and cast her out for all eternity."

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