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The Companion

(Companion #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  522 ratings  ·  47 reviews
England, 1815: Ian Rufford was captured, enslaved, and then abandoned in the lonely dunes of Egypt's desert. His tormentor was a woman of magnificent beauty...and the blackest of souls. Now, Ian prays for a death that will not come. Only after his rescue does he begin to realize how he has changed. But he understands very little. Just that he is carrying something strange ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by St. Martin's (first published 2002)
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$0.99 on US Kindle - July 16, 2019!

Susan Squires, Susan Squires... I knew ye not before this wonderful book. All I know is a vampire story has not sung to my heart like this since Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles when I first read them in the 90s.

How does this book only average slightly above a 3.5 rating? I am baffled. I supposed a 3.5 rating is not bad at all, but to me, I'm like:

This might be a long review and unless you are vampire fan, you’re probably not going to be interested, but if
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ by: Sh3lly

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You know you've read a good book when you just want to rub your hands together and laugh once you've finished it like you're auditioning for the "world's scariest super-villain" competition. I wanted to do that with THE COMPANION, because it easily is one of the top 5 best vampire books I've ever read.

THE COMPANION is set in Egypt and England. It's about a man named Ian who is captured by pirates, enslaved, and then sexually abused and
Jun 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ok this had been lurking on my shelves for quite sometime when I happened upon a copy in the library. Too good to be true thought I and bagged it before some other historical romance lover made a grab for it. Anyway i'm so glad I did because it turned out to be a really enjoyable read.

The basic plot is Vampire queen seeks total domination, buys slaves to fuel her blood lust and other lusts as well, picks the wrong guy who will not weaken to her.After some serious torture both physical, sexual
A Regency romance meets Gothic horror, a.k.a. not your mother's Regency's romance...

Our hero, Ian Rufford, is a diplomat who was captured by Barbary pirates and sold as a slave to an evil vampire queen, who tortured him in every possible way for two years (here is where I insert warning about some pretty explicit noncon). He had finally managed to escape her clutches only to find out that he's been made into a vampire himself. It is when he desperately tries to get to England, in the hope of

A really good original vampire story. I loved it. I felt transported to the time and place of the story. It was very engrossing and I couldn't put it down.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical PNR Romance; Tortured Heroes; Bluestocking Heroines; Exotic Settings
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Since I hadn't heard much about Susan Squire's Companion series, I started out by reading The Gift, one of the short stories from an anthology, out of order. I enjoyed it very much, so I decided to start from the beginning. Between The Gift and now The Companion, I am very impressed with this new-to-me series. Not only is this my first historical vampire series, it also has some unique mythology and other elements. I loved the exotic North African settings, primarily the
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
I tried valiantly to read this book, but I absolutely could not get into it. I couldn't relate to the characters, the vampirism was odd, and the historical inaccuracies about Egyptology nearly made me break out in hives. I've been ranting about this to anyone who'll listen for the past couple of days, but unless the heroine was standing 20 feet underground, she couldn't have touched the Sphinx of Giza's paws in 1818, as it wasn't completely excavated until the 1920s. Hell, they didn't uncover ...more
C.J. Corbin
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five stars to Susan Squires for an excellent paranormal/regency read. The story was well written, and she captured me by telling the backstory through flashbacks... doling out just the right amount of information at the right time. This story is the beginning of a series, but the book stands on its own. As this is a paranormal (vampires), she had considerable world building, and it was delightful that she did not do a "data" dump at the beginning of the book, again weaving the information into ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2019
after coming across nenia's review on this book, i decided to pick it up and give a try.

it's a heartbreaking book about overcoming abuse and struggling with ptsd. but also about forgiving yourself and learning to be kind to yourself. moreover, it just so happens that it's the hero who's violated and he's ...a vampire. it's a historical/paranormal romance. because the author obviously tries to stay true to the era, occasionally the expressions and writing do come across as stilted. still, it's
Apr 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, uf-pnr, fiction
Ian was captured by pirates and sold to a depraved and evil monster who tortured, abused him and then turned him into a creature of the night. Now he is a monster and decides to go and hide out in the streets of London. On the boat he meets Beth, who was following her dream tracking ancient cities and artifacts with her father in Africa until his sudden death meant she was being sent back to a dreary life in England. Their worlds collide placing them on a dangerous path.
I found this to be the
Gale Stanley
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The first of Susan's books that I read and the one that made me a fan. I love her take on the vampire world.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

HERO is the younger son of an aristocratic family whom I assume worked on a Navy ship before they were accosted by pirates and he was sold into slavery. Due to his brawny size, he's often used for labour. That wasn't
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Isabel Luna
En general me gustó; pero salvo que presenta el personaje vampírico como una persona casi normal (salvo porque necesita sangre para vivir) la historia no plantea demasiada novedad en relacion a otras similares.

In general I liked it; but except that he presents the vampiric character as an almost normal person (except that he needs blood to live) the story does not pose much novelty in relation to other similar
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Rated 4.5 Stars

This is one of the most unique Vampire books I've ever read. I found it at my library years ago. This is my second time reading it. It's not for everyone, that's for sure. But it was for me! It's mostly a historical PNR and some strange & cruel stuff goes on here. Read at your own risk.
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, vampires

It was a nice adventure story, but not much of a romance. I had the feeling that Beth and Ian fell in love, because it was convenient. It pissed me off that Beth was treated so poorly by everybody, because of her brown skin and short statue. Even Ian never told her that she was beautiful, never made her feel special. The romance between them was pretty boring and I couldn't feel love between them at all. Affection, maybe, but not strong love. The flashbacks were annoying and most of the
Camelia Skiba
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For as long as I remember I didn’t care much for vampires. Maybe because I grew up with them in the land of Dracula (for real). Maybe because a certain vampire totally blew it for me using his superpowers to stalk/watch/control his GF.
All of that changed when I began reading The Companion by Susan Squires and was introduced to Ian Rufford. Oh my! The more I read the more I wanted to find out about him. Tortured and damaged yet strong and with a sense of dignity, Ian managed to redeem for me the
Oct 29, 2009 rated it liked it
My actual rating is 3-1/2 stars.
I've had the advanced reading copy of this book and am just now getting to it. I wish I had read it sooner, it was great! I liked the tension between the hero and heroine and neither of them came across as TSTL. Although I did get a bit bored with the continuous reference to Beth's skin coloring...give me a break! Were they really so petty back then?? Anyway...
The basis of the story was new and rather inticing to someone like me who is interested in ancient
Hmm, my feelings are mixed on this thus the 3 star review. I truly enjoyed the characters created by Ms Squires but the whole flashback style started to really get on my nerves. Plus that was a heck of a lot of italic type. I thought her characterisation was strong, although our hero soon became a little annoying in his mistrust of women, although fully understandable, it took him a hell of a long time to trust the heroine who couldn't have been more obvious in her feelings and trustworthiness. ...more
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
In The Companion, Vampires occur because of a master race that arrived on earth a long time ago and shared "the companion" with the humans- this is a blood component that attaches to the human blood cells and allows the humans to become stronger, of course at the expense of their diet and ability to withstand the sun.

This is the story of Elizabeth, who is being sent back to London when her father dies on an archaelogical dig in Egypt. On her trip home, she encounters a man that fascinates her,
Aug 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: signed
I would have given this 3.5 stars if I could. It's a fascinatng take on vampire lore. What stopped it from being 4 stars was that the story was very slow and I never felt that Ian really recovered from the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Asharti, the vampire who accidentally made him. Ian Rufford had been taken from a ship and sold into slavery but he couldn't have envisioned what slavery to Asharti would entail. Beth Rochewell wants to remain in Africa after her father dies but the ...more
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully engrossing book featuring a tormented hero, a spunky heroine and an evil that could destroy the world. What more could a reader want? The sexual tension between the hero and heroine is palpable from their first meeting. The plot moves along at a great pace, and the writing is top-notch. I'm not a fan of the Regency era, but Ms. Squires's fabulous story more than made up for any shortcomings inherent in the genre (like the dreadful ton, and everything that comes along with it). I'm ...more
I discovered this series and author through a couple of different anthologies. I really enjoyed to short stories in the anthologies, but this full length book was rather...long.

The story dragged on way too much, its a story that could have been told in half the number of pages. I am going to try the next book and hope that this one was just too full of setting up the world and the 'story' will move along like they did in the shorter versions.
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

I loved this book, it's well written, the story is detailed and there is a depth to the characters that I related too. The book does have explicit scenes of torture and rape in it so if your squeamish about that sort of stuff this isn't for you, it's definitely 18 +. I've downloaded the next 5 books in this series so my reading is sorted for the next few months, God help my family lol
Jun 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, historical
I'm very picky about my historical romances and this one just didn't make the cut. The author uses words that might be historically accurate but don't make much sense to me as a modern day reader. Also the religious tones were a little too much for me and the two characters were both so self loathing it was painful to read. Dnf
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, vampire, 2013
Not what I thought it would be, and since I kind off set my expectations high I can't rate it as high as it probably deserves.

Love the plotline and the characters and their backstories, which are well developed and keep you interested throughout the book. I was just expecting more heat, more seduction which came in the end, at the very end but otherwise the book was a really good read :D
Jul 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-loan
Having difficulty with this book. The pace is a bit slow. I have put it down for a bit and will go back to it. NO No i gave up in the end and taken it back to the library. Dont let this put anyone off this book, i know people that loved it and went on to read the others in the series. It just wasnt for me, not sure why i just couldnt get with the characters.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good regency historical romance featuring Ian, who is recently infected with The Companion (this novels version of the vampire ‘virus’) and Beth, who’s father has died, sending her back to England. Interesting premise. Look forward to the next book.
Shawna Taylor
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was kind of a slow starter but once I got a little farther into the story it finally picked up & got really good! This is a different but quite interesting take on the vampire genre than what I've been reading lately - I'm really looking forward to the next books in the series!
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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Susan Squires is a NYT bestselling author known for breaking the rules of romance. Whatever her time period or subject, some element of the paranormal creeps in. She has won multiple contests for published novels and reviewer's choice awards. Publisher's Weekly named Body Electric one of the ten most influential mass market books and One with the Shadows a Best Book. Time for Eternity received a ...more

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