In Ancillary Mercy, the final volume of Ann Leckie's award-winning Imperial Raadch trilogy, both the protagonist and the author manage to win by subverting expectations.
Trilogies are a hard thing to pull off, and it seems like The Broken Kingdoms and The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin are an exercise in diminishing returns.
A look at N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, a fantasy book that speaks deeply about oppression, inequality, and how society benefits from perpetuating both.