Rebellion (River Wars Trilogy, Book 1) -- 20...
In a world governed by war, the Guild of Protectors is the last of the ancient guard castes, made up of orphaned children trained to become indentured bodyguards to the leaders of the Confederation of Cities. Fortified by high walls and protected by municipal militaries, the Cities are islands of civilization within the vast, lawless Territories.
Like all Guild apprentices, Samsara is an orphan, plucked from the poverty and violence of the Territories and brought to Enderun, the Guild's secret training compound in the hidden hills of the Last Coast. For ten years, she and the other three members of her band have looked forward to the honor of becoming Guildmembers, and proving themselves in the world beyond Enderun. Yet in their first assignment, Samsara encounters events that lead her to question everything she was taught about the world, the Guild, and herself.