She is the gift he did not want. He is the prince she is forbidden to love.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOOLLAHRA DIGITAL LITERARY AWARDS 2017
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.
The sword hanging over Aldara, the Companion / heroines head in this book is visible within a few chapters of this dark story. Even the idea and eventuality of the wonderful prince who owns her isn’t enough to alleviate the tension of the day to day life and unknown but likely sad future of a Companion rules every page. I kept waiting for the sword in the shape of the delusional heir-prince to swoop down and end her life. Aldara suffers in multiple ways but I didn’t find it to be an uplifting story of a young woman overcoming a bad life or even a telling of a strong woman fighting for her rights. Rather I found it constantly depressing with no intermittent relief to make it palatable. This is not what I look for when I read for entertainment. If I want to read about slavery or groups or individuals being used as chattel I’ll read historical novels. Bottom line? If you don’t mind reading a dark story about a type of slavery, jump in, the waters cold.25
I wasn’t sure if I would like this book when I started reading. Aldara and Hali’s friendship was like reading about friends I hadn’t heard from in a while. After chapter 2, I was totally hooked. Prince Tyron and Aldara’s love story brought tears to my eyes. To read about the PTSD he was living through was so hard to hear him live with but so warming to read how Aldara stayed right beside him to help him fight his demons. I can’t wait to read the remaining books in the series.55
I loved the entire series! Couldn’t put them down and I’m sad to let these characters go. Definitely a series I will re-read more than once! My heart broke reading the first book and I actually sobbed my way through one particular scene. I don’t think I have ever had that happen on a book I was reading. I was happy to see characters return in the other books as I was not ready for their stories to end.55
The book was okay but it had way too many characters that are thrown in to add no value to the book at all. We could’ve easily written out most people mentioned. On top of that the characters had extremely difficult names and the main characters name was so common with others. It took me about 50 characters to understand who the main character is and when you find out, she is not likable. I felt 0 chemistry and the r*pe scene seem so unneeded. It comes out of no where and then it’s left. Not discussed. She just sleeps with main character next day. Yeah.... not worth the read in my opinion.25
This whole series was AMAZING. I couldn’t stop reading, from the first page I was hooked! I wish it was longer.55
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.55
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!55
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!55
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.45
Get it, you won’t regret it. It was a great series. Excellent love story! Someone make these into movies!! Please.55