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Cornered Magic

(The Void #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Sam, a half-fae Void, is ostracized by her own people, much less the humans who control her home—the Illinois Mystical Reservation. Packed into the Reservation with vampires, werewolves, faes, and mages alike, Sam does her best to travel below the radar, but when her only friend asks for her help she can’t say no. Her work to solve a fae’s murder brings her to the forefron ...more
Kindle Edition, 107 pages
Published November 1st 2015 by Amazon Digital Services
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I really enjoyed this and consider that I probably enjoyed book 2 more. The strength of the main character is both credible and finely crafted together with great world building and a good plot.
Jennifer G
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Cornered Magic is a novella set in a world where paranormals are known and must live trapped in a reservation. The conditions of the res are horrible; crowded and poverty-stricken. There is no privacy and little food. Within this terrible place, Samantha lives a shunned life. She is a Void. Born with no magic of her own she can only steal from others. She tries to control this, and mostly does with considerable difficulty, but she is still hated by most, including her own father. Sam has a boyfr ...more
E.M. Swift-Hook
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Life on a supernatural reservation.

‘While she might forget someone’s face or name, she never forgot their power-flavor.’

Samantha Gollet is a fae who has to live on a reservation with other supernaturals, such as mages, werewolves and vampires. She has a lot of problems, some that any regular teen could relate to like issues with her parents and a rather over-protective boyfriend. But some that come from her supernatural heritage. As a Void - one who steals energy and ability from others - she is
Pam Nelson
Audiobook’s that are short usually don’t appeal to me because I think oh the story will be rushed but no I didn’t feel like that with Cornered Magic at all.

We really got a feel for who Sam is and what she is about. We learn of her gift and how she almost fears it, what she has to live with. It isn’t easy to be what she is but she is doing the best that she can.
We get a little mystery going on and it sucks you into the story, I want more. It wasn’t enough but I never felt like the story was lac
Cheryl Whitty
Reviewed on behalf of,
This book introduces a world where all supernatural groups are now living in reservations controlled by the human government.
Our story is about a young women Samantha who has been ostracized by her own people the fae. Sam is a Void which she has no magical ability, but can drain others magic.This is Sam an introduction to the world and her life which isn’t very pleasant.
A good start to a new series that set the scene off the world Sam and her few frie
Kelly Bedford
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this novella. The descriptions of characters and scenes put you right in the middle of the action, and you really feel for the main character and what she's going through. The ending was abrupt and makes you want to immediately go buy the next in the series. I hope Sam harnesses her power and comes out on top for once. I'm very curious to know more about her world. ...more
Julie Powell
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable start to the Void series, where Sam must deal with her unfortunate gift, which forces her to live a solitary life. She has few friends and a father who hates her, and in addition, is despised by the majority of the fae, who are kept strictly separate from humans.

Some intriguing characters and a plot that has you guessing...where will it all end? What will Sam do? It will be interesting to see how it develops.

Well-written and fast-paced.

Geoff Habiger
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
What if there really were fae, vampires, werewolves, and wizards in the world? And what if these people were all placed in reservations to keep them away from regular humans? That's the basic setting for Cornered Magic, by Charissa Dufour. Sam is a half-fae who's family avoids her, her father detests her, and the rest of the fae and other supernatural denizens of the Reservation fear her. Why? Because Sam is a Void - a fae who's power is to steal the powers of other fae. Sam wporks hard to contr ...more
Lauren Jones
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you were feared for something that you were born with, how would you react? If you walked down the street and those who saw you backed up or ran away…would that offend you? Attempting to live your life in a small community that despises you for what you are instead of who you are is lonely. Dufour has a beloved character who fights every day of her life to be somebody worth looking at twice. Even though this is a short story, readers will be pulled into a full action-packed dilemma of sorts w ...more
I really like Samantha’s character. She’s fae, but not quite fae enough. On top of that, she’s a rare and usually shunned type of fae, a Void. Her special power allows her to steal energy from others (though she tries hard not to). With few friends and a parent who belittles her every day, Sam treasures her friendship with Amber. Sam also has a boyfriend, Chad, who she doesn’t really click with but so few people hang out with her, that she feels obligated to give Chad a chance.

Then in steps Roma
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cornered Magic is book 1 of The Void Series by Charissa Dufour. It s a short book but gives you in site on the key players of the series. It is what I would call a YA Vampire series. It is also a clean read, there is no sex, strong language and even the violence is understated. I did enjoy the story and will be waiting for book 2 to see where the series heads next. The ending does leave a bit of a cliffhanger which opens up multiple paths for this series.

Samantha Gollet is a half Fae Void. She
Lilly Charysma
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
To be fully honest with you guys, this was so short, I didn’t even realize when it ended. It has so many complicated aspects and so many extraordinary beings, I didn’t even get to become familiar with them. I am not saying this as a negative comment, I just want more.

Sam is a Void – she steals other’s abilities. This doesn’t make her the popular kid in school, on the contrary. She deals with being isolated, she deals with family issues, teenage stuff, I feel her life is more full of trouble than
Jen R.
Dec 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Fun, Entertaining and Interesting Novella
Samantha Gollet is a teen in a world where paranormals (werewolves, vampires, wizards, magi, etc.) are so feared, they are forced into reservations that are run by the government. Samantha lives at the “Illinois Mystical Reservation” in rampant poverty even though she has two jobs. She is a “void” and this means she has no real powers of her own but gains it only by stealing it from others. Consequently, she is hated by nearly everyone, including her ow
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, english, 2020
This book came to me as a free download back when I bought my Kindle. Otherwise, I would probably never have been aware that it exists. The setting - a reservation where various kinds of supernatural beings live - feels both very original and inspired by real history, and at first this was what intrigued me and made me want to read the book.

The story is interesting and moves along swiftly, with little "transition time" between events. Also, everything that happens, happens for a reason or is som
Norman Turrell
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A believably presented dystopian fantasy world

Charissa builds her world and her characters in a very believable and readable manner in this introductory novella.

Separated from humans, vampires, werewolves, mages and the fae live in a restricted reservation, severely limited in resources and accommodation. On top of this, our protagonist—Sam—has a gift which is shunned by her own people, leaving her isolated, with only a few companions. The intrigue begins when the vampires recruit her because of
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What starts out with Sam staying in her room because she is a Void and they were a nuisance to the fae community. Fae’s had certain powers and Voids, on the other hand, had nothing but the ability to drain another of their powers. But Sam had a tattoo, and along with a power of the crafter of it, she could control her powers. A gift to her, ostracized her from others. She is also ostracized by humans who are in control of her home—a mystical reservation. Right away I connect with Sam; I feel for
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sam is ostracized by her friends and family alike--you see she is different--very different from all the others in the reservation where she lives. Humans had put all Faes, werewolves, vampires etc in reservations that really were not the nicest places! Sam was the only Void--which meant essentially you could take the others magic from them. Not that she did--but she could. Until the day she found one of the few friends that she had murdered. She somehow got shanghied into helping the vampires.

Elizabeth Robbins
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first story I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. Cornered Magic is not your typical urban fantasy, where the strange beings live among us, either in secret, or in the open. Unfortunately, I think Dufour is correct in her portrayal of the human propensity to either cage or destroy anything they fear. If supernatural creatures did ever come out in the open, humans would probably put them in reservations, guarded and oppressed. I found the main character, Sam, likable and ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Charissa Dufour's book. Cornered Magic is the first book in The Void Series. This novella is a great introduction to this Series. The world building is well described, and intriguing. Sam is a great character, and the other characters are interesting. I can't wait for the next book in the Series. The narration is well done. Janelle Tedsco has a great voice, well paced, and easy to understand. All the characters are easy to distinguish. I received this free review copy audiobook ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Sam's misfortunate made me feel for her, she's in an impossible position, living under guard on a reservation, and a pariah, she already has a tough life. The decisions of her only two friends put her in the cross hairs of the criminal element, blackmailed to use her power on a mage or she and Carl pay for his choices, there are no good decisions! I liked Sam, but she doesn't ask enough questions, and I really didn't like her boyfriend! I think this could've been a longer book maybe, but I liked ...more
Rick Yvanovich
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Was not sure if I'd like this book but once I started I found it hard to put down even if it's a genre I'd not usually read. Ok so I was on a plane so maybe that made me be more persistent at the start and then found it hard to put down.

It's an interesting read and I want to read the next book to see how the characters shape up.

Disclosure: I was offered a free copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
William Howe
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a book

This is more the first part of a book, establishing characters and motivations but lacking real substance.

Clean prose (no major spelling or grammar errors) and well written dialogue.

Depressing, since it only establishes the main character’s situation.

It’s not bad, it’s just not good.

I will not be following this series. I prefer my novels to contain a full story. Even a novella should have more story than this did.
C.A. King
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
All supernatural individuals have been corralled into reservations in this paranormal novella. Sam, a local resident, has an unusual gifts - stealing power from others. Living a life in the straight and narrow isn't easy and becomes much more difficult when a vampire walks into her life.

This is one of those reads where you need to get the next book! I look forward to seeing how Sam's saga plays out!
Amanda Forry-Fino
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Cornered Magic wad a GREAT read! Lot's of pl0t twish and trurns that wanting me read more. Sam grew up in a uphappy home being a haft-fae void that set out to help friend in need getting Sam way over her head. I thoght it was neat that mages alike was living together having conflick among each other.

This is my frist book that I've read by Charissa Dufour and I just love her amazing story telling. I can not wait to read what will happen next in The Void Series!!!~
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, audio-complete
I found this story to be a great introduction to a new series that I will continue. The main character was engaging and well rounded. The details of the world were enough to give you knowledge but not bog down the story. The secondary characters had purpose and added to moving to plot forward. I cannot wait to see what is next for Sam.

(Audiobook-from Audible) I will add that I also enjoyed the narration of this book. The narrators voice and flow fit the character and the dialogue.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This short really sets the stage for what could be a phenomenal series. The characters and setting are well developed. I really like the setup. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next book in The Void Series!

Both the author and narrator are new to me. They make a great team and I look forward to their next releases.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I asked for this book for free but the review is of my own. Sam is half fairy and half human but the true problem of this in her community is being a void were one can take and even kill another magical creature by taking their powers. Sam tries avoiding using her gift until one day there seems to be no choice and than her life is changed forever. This story definitely leaves you with an open ending and a wild ride.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook version of this book.

I love the aspect that Sam is a void, very refreshing choice. Very well written prequel that lets us see what this series is about and it does not disappoint. I absolutely can't wait for the next book in this series.

The narrator did a fantastic job bringing out Sam as a character. Excellent performance and I'm excited to hear more books by this narrator!

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Just not enough to full get hold . . .

Overall 3 out of 5 stars
Performance 4 out of 5 stars
Story 3 out of 5 stars

Sam for me was something special. She was more than the assignment given to her. She was more than just a void. I am not sure if it was the shortness of the story, the details in the story, the narrator, or a combination. I wanted to have more of the story. It ended all too soon.
Christy deSade
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was ok

There was nothing outstanding about this book and to be honest it was a DNF at 52% for me. The world building was lacklustre and there was no character development. There was no reason to emotionally invest in the characters and the interesting points of the plot were all in the blurb. Everything was very one dimensional. I certainly don't feel the need to read anything else by this author.
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