The Royal Companion by Tanya Bird

The Royal Companion

By Tanya Bird

  • Release Date: 2017-03-23
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 88 Ratings
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Bound by tradition. Now they must follow the rules.


Companions are the kingdom’s most beautiful and educated women—possessions of Syrasan’s royal men. Aldara is sixteen years old when she is sold by her farming family to the obnoxious Prince Pandarus as a gift for his younger brother, Prince Tyron. Resistant at first, the new Companion soon realises she must embrace the role or face the consequences of her failure. 

Prince Tyron has just returned from war. All he wants is privacy to grieve the men who died at the border. At his brother’s insistence, Tyron attends a social hunt where his Companion is introduced for the first time. He senses something beneath the polished exterior presented to him. She is not like the others.

While initial encounters between the troubled war hero and his reluctant Companion are awkward, their connection is immediate. But they are soon reminded by those closest to them that there is no place for love between a prince and his Companion.

Set amid grief and war, The Royal Companion is a heart-warming love story about what it means to give yourself over to another.

Trigger warning: This book contains sexual violence.

Interview with the Author

Q – So, why did you write this book?

A – I never intended to write a Romance novel, but when I was pregnant with my second son I experienced really vivid dreams that would remain with me for days after. The two main characters in this book remained with me for much longer. They were in love, and they were in pain. I had to tell their story. 

There is an intensity to their relationship that I think readers will love.

Q – Is this book part of a series?

A – Yes, it’s the first book in 'The Companion Series'. The second book, The Common Girl, is now available.

Q – Why should readers give this book a try?

A – The Royal Companion is a tender and fierce story about an impossible love. Readers will lose themselves in this alternate-world, and the characters will remain with them long after they finish reading.

Q – Who will this book appeal to?

A – This novel does not fit neatly into one Romance sub-genre. Its setting and characters will appeal to both historical and fantasy romance readers. Throw in some horses, action and suspense, and you have quite the Romance hybrid.

Thanks for reading.


  • The Royal Companion

    By Rosegirl88
    Love love love this book! Well written with good plot and characters. Keeps you hooked.
  • True Romance

    By Philliza
    This book is historical in the sense that it is set in a time similar to the Middle Ages, yet it is in a fantasy land (no monsters or magic though!). I adore this book. All of the characters are well developed and the feelings and concerns of the characters are very realistic considering their positions and relationships. There's also a sense of adventure in this book that is exciting and complements the attraction developing between main characters. Book two is just a good, and I can hardly wait for the final in the series to come out so that I can see if the hero and heroine finally get their happy ending!
  • The Royal Companion

    By Riggsey3K
    I consider myself an avid reader of historical romance. As soon as I finished the description of Royal Companion, I immediately wanted to read it. Forbidden love is a topic I enjoy exploring. It was 10:00 at night and I was just going to read the first few chapters, however, every hour that passed, I told myself only one more chapter. Until...well, you all know how that ends. Aldara and Tyron are so well written, I cannot stop thinking about their story and what will happen next. Every character was so well developed, I hope to be exploring them for years to come, as they each have their own series (hint, hint)!!
  • Love the storyline.

    By AK_Reignbow
    Amazing story I couldn’t put down. Can’t wait to read the second book.
  • The Royal Companion

    By Tiggy/Cookie
    First time reading this author. There were parts Of this book I liked. It was an imaginative story. The characters names were distracting and there were so many that it was difficult to remember who they were. I don’t think it was interesting enough to read the second book.
  • Loved the whole non traditional story!!

    By Punkachew
    Was a great read that didn't have a traditional time or type of story. If you are looking for something interesting and very well written give this a try. 👍👍👍 Can't wait for next installment!!