Let me list the books with female lead that worked, were kind of so-so and that didn't do. Perhaps that will give some idea
What I want from male pov is little broad yes but I'm not used to have guy's pov like other people do. I haven't been reading since childhood, I started
I'd have preferred one vote, personally, since I liked one story above the rest - R.J.'s "Thank You, Desolation". It was really a pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey
Some of my favorite series/books I have not (or barely) seen mentioned:
Ken Scholes - Psalms of Isaak
David Anthony Durham - Acacia
I went with Nila's Ghost Stories for good world building with hints at a larger story, interesting characters and dynamics between them - nice work.