The main character Widdershins is super-smart and resourceful, and has a great relationship with two other fleshed-out female characters who are her friends. She also has a female rival in the thieves guild.
Katherine, the main character in The Privilege of the Sword, was brought up in the country knowing the rules of civilized society, but she’s encouraged to break them all by her uncle who summons her to the city in Riverside. She starts learning swordplay instead of following the usual path of finding a well-to-do husband to take care of her. This book explores issues like gay relationships in a homophobic society, breaking traditional gender roles, and different aspects of female friendships.