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First there was nothing. Then there were three: the Moon Goddess, the Sun God and his Divine Shadow. Both the Sun God and his Divine Shadow loved the Moon and craved her affection, but she could love only one. She chose the Sun. And from their union came children. Mankind.

What of the Divine Shadow? Filled with jealousy, he slithered beneath the Earth and created a land of eternal ice – cold enough to numb the most broken of hearts. And every year, from this Underworld, he snatches a peek over the horizon to spy upon his love, gripping the Earth in his wintry claws.

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In the citadel of Appollis, the Gods bestow single gifts on a chosen few.

Icari has always known she's a Healer, while her twin sister, Sephie, is cast as an Embalmer, despite showing early promise as an Alchemist - a secret the sisters keep to themselves for possessing two skills is punishable by death.

While Sephie learns how to wrap the dead, Icari eases the suffering of others, including a charismatic enemy prisoner called Caszeil. And it's to Caszeil that Icari turns when demons rise up from the Underworld and kidnap her sister. With his help, perhaps she can rescue Sephie. Even if this means growing wings - and flying in the face of the devil himself . . .

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