Another book I love is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.
Not fantasy, it's historical fiction centered during The Anarchy in England.
It's about the building of a cathedral. Sounds boring I know, but it is every bit as suspenseful as ASOIAF.
Dunno who I hate more Cersei Lannister or William Hamleigh.
There's a mini-series on it, but they mostly failed.
Anybody have recommendations along this vein, I appreciate it.