Every time I reread this book I'm shocked that I loved it so much as a kid (-ish... I was ~14 the first time I read it?). It's a lot of things I don't really like in books but Turner is such a good author I don't even care.
If you haven't read this series yet, get off the internet, get yourself a copy of the books and just start reading. The more you read about the books the greater the chance you'll spoil something for yourself.
My dad: Are you reading a romance novel?
Also me: This is the greatest romance, what the fuck.
I think Eugenides is legit my only male lit crush, and it took this rereading of The Queen of Attolia to realize it. He's just such a good character, and I love him so much.
I've been trying to figure out why I love these books so much when I'm not really that into fantasy and I'm especially not into politics of fictional nations. I think I'm so attached to the characters I'll follow them through any story.
Also the pay off is so good in the end. When you finally pick up on all the little clues that were laid down along the way it's very satisfying. I've read these books at least three times now and I still find them suspenseful. It was very difficult reading the beginning of the book knowing what was coming.
We'll see if The King of Attolia holds up, too. It definitely doesn't have the nostalgia factor that goes along with The Queen of Attolia and The Thief.