the emissary: background on some new characters

If you’ve read The Rival, you’ll find something familiar in the name Armando Andronicus. He’s Dr. Iago’s little brother. And where we pick up with Bex at the start of The Emissary, he’s been in stasis for 17 years. Armando might look like he’s asleep on a space mission to a far off galaxy… but he’s not.

Meanwhile, Bex comes face-to-face with the leader of The Insurgency. More on her later. But she also meets Kimora Khan, the leader’s little sister. And what Bex doesn’t know is that Kimora has been trying to find Armando since she last saw him in Hawai’i… 17 years ago.

Kimora is an expert in bird conservation, just like her big sister. One of her key areas of study is the ‘I’iwi bird.

‘I’iwi, or Scarlet Hawaiian Honeycreeper

In Hawaiian poetry, the sweetheart is personified in the ‘I’iwi. It is mentioned in one of my all time favorite Hawaiian songs, Ka Ipo Lei Manu (My Cherished Sweetheart). Enjoy.

And let’s hope Kimora doesn’t do anything crazy…

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