32 K words into your novel, and you STILL haven’t introduced your main antagonist? WTF is up with that?!
On a related note: Pacing is a thing, remember it for next time.
When you start keeping a tally of minority characters you’ve put in your novel, you’re not giving your characters the opportunity to be someone else, and it looks like you’re trying to score inclusion cookies. Stop it. Now.
I know you weren’t planning for the story to become a love story from the point of view of someone who isn’t the character in love, but that’s what happened.
You keep second-guessing yourself when characters decide they want to use magic to do things. Seriously, let your metal spirits turn into fucking hovercrafts if they want to. This is fantasy, you’re allowed to break the laws of physics (and all the other laws governing the universe) and no one gives a shit.
Anyways, don’t worry about any of this too much, just finish telling the story, and save hacking it apart for December, these are just a few things to keep in mind for future projects.