Wow... completely agree with that recommendation. Can't believe I forgot that one. Good call Sib.... Codex of Alera would probably be perfect for FD.
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher (also his urban fantasy series, Dresden Files)
I think the Tiger and Del by Jenifer Roberson books would fit your criteria. Also the Eli Moonpress books from Rachel Aaron.
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Regarding your second query, there are two that come to mind, but doubtless there are many. In Alastair Reynolds' "Revelation Space" series