“Fall of a Demigod” is a short fantasy story about the demigod Caim, who has partnered with magical beings called the Effeelions. The Effeelions live in floating city in the sky and work toward reaching a higher spiritual being named Cosmus, and they are disturbed and unhappy when they find out Ciam has been consorting with a beautiful human woman on the earth below. Caim loves Kairi and is reluctant to give up his relationship with her, but his focus is ripped away from his dilemma when another powerful being attacks the Effeelions’ city—a being whose powers prove a challenge to even those of a demigod.
I read quite a bit of fantasy, and I particularly enjoy novels where the author takes the time to carefully create a new world that can be expanded on in future works. “Fall of a Demigod” has such a world—it gives enough details about the Effeelions, demigods, and the earth below to bring to life the story but still leaves questions unanswered as a way to draw you into subsequent works. Caim is a complex hero, brave and dutiful but still conflicted about his desire for human interaction even though he chose to give up his own mortality; the story’s villain, Jairo, is believably evil and strong enough that you do wonder if things are going to turn out all right in the end. I would recommend this story to readers who enjoy fantasy and science fiction, especially tales within those genres that engage in careful and interesting world-building.