Regarding George Martin, as someone said earlier, he's a cat of a different stripe. The Song of Ice and Fire novels aren't really a fantasy series at all - they're finely crafted novels written in a low magic fantasy setting.
Totally agree about Rothfuss and Sanderson. Another relative newcomer I like a lot is Joe Abercrombe.
Also agree that Goodkind is worthless, and Robert Jordan
a) had no freakin' idea how to end his story, and
b) had Mommy Issues