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The Annihilator (Dark Verse #5) by RuNyx Review - Better than the previous book, that was an abomination

Read Time: 3 minutes
Published On: August 23, 2023
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‘The Annihilator’ is the fifth book in the Dark Verse series by RuNyx. It is one of the better books in the series, even though it is a dark and heavy book that deals with some triggering topics.

About 'The Annihilator'

Author: RuNyx

Series: Dark Verse #5

Publisher: Kindle Unlimited

Genre: Dark Romance, Contemporary Romance

Other works from the Author: Gothikana

Page Number: 257 pages

Audible Listening Time: 6 hours 53 mins

Goodreads Rating: 4.19/5

My Rating: 2/5

The book follows the story of Lyla, a young woman who was trafficked at a young age and has been forced to live in a world of violence and abuse. The Shadow Man is a mysterious figure who has been killing anyone who tries to hurt Lyla. When Lyla is set up to be the bait to lure the Shadow Man, she must find a way to survive and escape her past.


The plot is definitely darker than all the previous books in the series. I loved Lyla’s character a lot. She is really a strong woman that stays strong and overcomes the trauma that I found so difficult to read. The shadow man’s character is not my cup of tea whatsoever. I didn’t like him for the things he said and did which made me feel a bit weird.

But I don’t expect much from the genre anyway. I hope anyone reading this book doesn’t look for a relationship or a partner like that. It’s too toxic for a trauma survivor.

However, I didn’t hate ‘The Annihilator’ as much as ‘The Finisher’, the fourth book in the series. I rated the previous book zero stars. It was truly awful. The only reason I'm still reading this series is because I liked the third book and this one sounded more promising. I'm glad I gave it a chance because it's actually pretty good.

Favorite Quotes

“I am darkness.” He kissed her softly. “I live it, I breathe it, I am it. There is no redemption, no emotion, nothing for me. Nothing but you. You’re the moon to my dark night, flamma. You’re the only thing in this black sky that can thrive when I swallow everything else whole. The stars don’t exist in this space. Just you and I. You need me to glow and I need you to exist. It’s simple as that.”

“The world isn't ready to see who I become if this —” his thumb pressed on her pounding pulse “—ever stops.”

“There is no reality where you and I exist that we don’t end up exactly where we are now. None.”

“He wasn't a believer, but she was his miracle.”

“Touch her and you die,” he remarked quietly. “Touch her worse, die worse. It’s a simple thing, isn’t it? I don’t know why you didn’t understand it.”

Amazon Blurb

The highly anticipated fifth book in the bestselling Dark Verse series.

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗯𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝘅𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻?

She lives in the shadows. He rules them.

She's the moon, and he the dark night encompassing her.

She's surrounded by demons, and he's the biggest devil of them all.

And she's his.

Passion, obsession, possesion. Theirs is a tale of danger, deviance, dread, desires, and the darkest flavors of love.

𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗻.

Disclaimer: This is not a standalone. The series must be read in order. Please read the author's note.

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