The Royal Companion - Tanya Bird

The Royal Companion

By Tanya Bird

  • Release Date: 2017-03-23
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 621 Ratings


She is the gift he did not want. He is the prince she is forbidden to love.


Companions are the kingdom's most beautiful and educated women—possessions of Syrasan's royal men.

Aldara is sixteen when she is sold to the obnoxious crown prince as a gift for his brother. Forced to leave the only life she has ever known, Aldara is sent to Archdale Castle, where she is mentored to become Prince Tyron's perfect Companion. But no amount of lessons can prepare her for the troubled man marked by war. He sees straight through the polished exterior presented to him. He sees her.

Prince Tyron has just returned from war. All he wants is privacy to grieve the men who died at the border. So when his brother gifts him a Companion upon his return, he is forced to embrace a tradition he has so far managed to avoid. Except Aldara is not like the others. She walks with her face to the sun and arms swinging. Her laughter makes him forget the lie. But if they ignore the rules that safeguard them, there will be consequences…

This is book one in The Companion series. If you enjoy medieval romance that is out of this world, then this epic tale of love against all odds is for you.

Trigger warning: This book contains sexual violence, death and dark themes.

Please note: This is part one of Tyron and Aldara's story. Their story continues in books two and three—available now.


  • Absolute Love It

    By Hanna7456
    I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, this story, these characters and Tanya Bird! I had never read any of her books but this story intrigued me, so I picked it up, and in under 50 pages I was absolutely obsessed, I loved the main character, I loved the supporting characters and I love the story! It is absolutely beautiful and so unique! I am definitely obsessed with these books! I definitely recommend this book and every book that comes after it. I will definitely be reading this book again and that does not. Happen a lot for me! Such a great book.
  • Loved it

    By saebensivy
    Easy reading and loved the story. Was easy to love certain characters & easy to hate others. Finished the three book series in a week - great timing to find it during covid-19 quarantine. Will continue with the other stories!
  • I was hooked from Book 1

    By MrsMoniiG
    This series has changed how I felt about reading my books thru my phone. I loved the throughout non traditional plot but the characters when they’re described ....I was so absorbed in it I could picture everything as I was reading. That’s how I know a great author because being able to capture me and get lost in a book (between being a mom of 7 and a hubby) can be hard. But I looked forward to coming to bed at night and reading. Sneaking little breaks during the day to read. The Companion series are amazing. I am on pre-order for the newest one but am so heartbroken it will be the last!
  • Wonderful

    By Bethe/Oh.
    This book along with its sisters in the series are all well written and captivating from beginning to end. My only issue is that they are not stand alone stories.
  • Get it!

    By Daisymay36
    Get it, you won’t regret it. It was a great series. Excellent love story! Someone make these into movies!! Please.
  • Okay

    By kingjimmy1231
    It has lots of romance but a bit of violence to
  • Unique and beautiful

    By Bridge A H
    This book takes the reader on an adventure to a setting far away from present day. The book is set in a time before the luxuries and comforts we have today. You all know by now I love a good map. This book starts with a map of the world created by Tanya Bird. This is where I love to start and as I read consider where certain characters originate. Often the names of the characters coincide with the names of the land and/or it helps to give more insight to both the characters and the land. I loved the uniqueness of the names. I was fascinated by connecting the dots in this book. However, at the start I was certainly struggling to keep all of the characters right in my mind. In summary, to wrap up my long winded answer, the names are unique and beautiful. I really enjoyed the writing in this book. I was able to read this book with ease and enjoy the story being told without any distractions. The flow was wonderful and really helped to tell a devastating story with true depth. I never lost interest while reading this book and really found myself not only intrigued, but experiencing a few skips of the heart.This book is something that can be enjoyed by a mature reader who can handle a bit of sexual situations with undertones of dark situations. It is not graphic or disgusting. It is real and raw. It may be tempting to just read the same old love story ignoring the terrible things hiding under the surface, but it is quite a bit more satisfying to experience the trauma through reading a book like this and consider how brave the characters must be to undergo such pain. Complexity, heartbreak, and survival. This story will take you on a truly unique experience leaving you breathless.
  • No

    By straighttalker198
    Felt like the word companion was just replacing an uglier name like sl*t or ho* didn’t think the book was good
  • The royal companion

    By tom oy
    I wS very disappointed in the ending.I know we are supposed to buy follow up books but I find I have waisted time. You can always end one book and continue the story leaving the reader both satisfied and anxious for more.I will not be reading more.
  • Love

    By XPhantomessX
    I started reading this book just 2 days ago and I’ve finished it already. After the first couple of chapters I got hooked! Such a good story. Will be reading the next book and I can’t wait to read more of the story.