…The Antfolk are a bit concerned about the Evil Empire thing, but as long as they’re getting Cheliax literature in return, they don’t care that much. (They would probably care that much if they knew about Hell, but thankfully for Abigail, they don’t!). Are these better?
Unfortunately, seduction doesn’t translate very well, since Antfolk are a hive species and don’t do sex! Cruelty is also not very popular. The other stuff they can totally work with, though! They can’t actually think of a single piece of literature that doesn’t include pride, actually - they’re a very proud people, normally!
Another dense-action filled series, but this one involves rescuing the other from slavery because of a much more possessive “this one is mine they can’t have it I don’t share they’re mine” sort of thing. Instead of sneaking in for the rescue, the rescuer, named Jalturi brutally kills everyone in her path, and loots most of their wealth in reparation. The former slave, Telmu, kill all of the grubs and eggs in reparation for being forced to work in the nursery, and she makes lots of badass comments while doing so. The narrative doesn’t seem to even think that people would consider this very evil.
A young worker, Telrun, looking to prove herself, infiltrates an enemy hive, telling them a backstory that heavily implies that her “former hive” was killed by her actual hive. Using the sympathy and goodwill this gives her, she gains enough trust to become an apprentice alchemist, and thereby gain access to the notes. She sends the information to her actual hive using telepathy. This continues for a while, until the spymaster tells her to stab the senior alchemist on the next herb gathering explanation and run. Telrun objects, asking why, and the spymaster explains that she can tell that people are getting suspicious, even if Telrun is less skilled in the arts of spy craft and can’t, and that the senior alchemist previously created a nasty weapon that roughly translates to liquid-burning-living-hive-destroyer. She stabs her with a tool somewhere in between and spear and a dagger, and runs back to her hive, where she is praised and celebrated for her excellent work.
A very complicated political novel with around 600,000 words, featuring nine diplomats from three different hives navigating a tension-filled debate about the best way to handle criminals (execution, forced-work, exile, and loss-of-rights seem to be the main options), while also trying to make the most advantageous trade deals, with several backroom discussions between every combination of hives at different points, embarrassing interpersonal drama, and a tremendous amount of dramatic irony.