Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Since he was five years old, Lazlo Strange, a war orphan and junior librarian, has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep. He’s convinced, however, that it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. When a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, Lazlo has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
(Book 1 of the Strange the Dreamer duology)
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang. When war orphan, Rin, from the remote Rooster province, gets into Sinegard, the elite national military academy, everyone is surprised, but not everyone is pleased. From the moment she arrives, Rin is targeted by her classmates because she’s poor, she’s the wrong color, and she’s female. But Rin is also a powerful shaman. As war encroaches on the Empire, Rin comes to the realization that her powers may be the only weapon that can save her people. But at what cost?
(Book 1 of The Poppy War trilogy)
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin.
In a post-apocalyptic world plagued by natural diasters, Essun lives in a small comunity barricaded against the outside world. When her husband realizes that she and her children are orogenes with the ability to manipulate seismic energy, he kills their son and kidnaps their daughter. Against the backdrop of the end of the world, Essun follows them, beginning an odyssey which will not end until her daughter is safe.
(Book 1 of The Broken Earth trilogy)