Looking for novels with a female protagonist in an action-focused novel. I'm talking about stories that could have been put under the seinen category if not for the female lead (or are actually under seinen despite fml). I want novels where war/fighting is the main plotline and everything else is secondary. Bonus points if politics messes with the morality of "good" and "evil" characters. I'm also not a huge fan of the cute-but-deadly fml trope, as in the OP lolis that are the protags of a lot of isekai novels (i.e. Nanomancer Reborn, The Girl Raised by the Death God Holds the Sword of Darkness in her Arms). There was too much focus on the comedic value instead of the fighting and the mc's were too marysue-like for my taste. Nothing against reading about op characters, but I want actual combat and realistic scenarios in terms of the selfishness of humanity and the political environment. Romance is optional but if there is, BxG only please. Preferably looking for CN novels but accepting JP and KR. UPDATE: After being disappointed in either the quality or the novels or the lack of ruthlessness in many JPN stories, I will no longer be accepting recommendations of light novels. I feel like the cruelty of the so called ruthless/sadistic characters only goes skin deep and that their authors don't have much of an understanding of what being truly merciless to themselves and others mean. Examples of what I'm looking for: • Crossing to the Future, it's Not Easy to be a Man the best example of what I'm looking for, a nice balance of war, politics and romance subplot; a pet peeve I do have is the whole fml-with-a-cheeky-spirit-beast trope though in this case it's not a spirit pet but same vibes, idk why so many CN novels have this but it gets on my nerves (side note: if you know any novels where the fml's spirit beast is as obedient as the ml's one, plz recommend them below as well)• Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? I like how mc put her survival first before morality and humanity, she did everything it took to survive and didn't hesitate to torture herself in order to get stronger• The Girl Who Ate a Death God, and other works by Nanasawa Matari op fml with 0 romance; mc is goal-driven and the plot has heavy focus on war/politics; fml herself is in a very morally gray situation; very light comedy (fml is a foodie though this is also explained by her background)• Youjo Senki kind of similar to The Girl Who Ate a Death God but different setting and time period; mc is ruthless which I appreciate (also, who doesn't love a good psychological tag) Novels I have on my To-Read List (will update as I get recs): • Doomsday Wonderland • Reign of Hunters • Free Life Fantasy Online • Otome Survival • Her Majesty's Swarm • Azarinth Healer • The Whisper of the Nightingale • Maiden of the Splitting Moon • Universe Tales: Virtual Log of the Fallen One • The Last Science • Reincarnated as a Fox with a System Novels that didn't live up to my expectations for merciless!protag smh: • Winter Rabbit in Wonderland • Genocide Online ~ Playtime Diary of an Evil Young Girl • Nanomancer Reborn • I Am a Killer Thanks for the help!