Dreaming Awake by N.K. Jemisin
Just a little reminder that all the nonsense I write here is a) fantastically shallow and b) not in any way well written. The post linked above is commentary on writing done right.
You might also want to check out some of Jemisin's fiction. She's a pure storyteller - plain and simple - in the vein of Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, or Octavia Butler.