Beren is a city in constant unrest: ruled by a ruthless upper class and harried by a band of rebels who want change. Its one certainty is that the two sides do not, and will not, meet.
But children know little of sides or politics, and Anna and Kyara—a princess and a peasant girl—let their chance meeting grow into a deep friendship. Until the day Kyara’s family is slaughtered by Anna’s people, and the friendship comes to an abrupt end.
Years later, Kyara is a rebel—bitter, hard, and violent. Anna’s efforts to fight the political system she belongs to avail little but to win her enemies at court. Neither is a child anymore—but neither has ever forgotten the power of their long-ago friendship. When a secret plot brings the rebellion to a fiery head, both young women know it is too late to save the land they love.
But is it too late to save each other?
Reap the Whirlwind is an early work by Rachel Starr Thomson, the author of The Seventh World Trilogy (Worlds Unseen, Burning Light, and Coming Day), Taerith, and other novels and short stories.