Only just discovered this guy and have yet to even pick up his novels (Though I will) but I've just read a short story by him that I find utterly fascinating.
The humans of his world each have their totem insect whose powers they draw on to manifest interesting powers. The Wasps have an energy bolt 'sting' the dragonflies get little claws and can manifest energy wings, etc.
All quite fascinating and very original.
First books is Empire In Black & Gold which is about the Wasp empire, apparently.