A for "Acacia" by David Anthony Durham
The pacing of the novel is fantastic; there is little wasted space, all most of the plot points interesting. Durham makes good use of events happening off-scene for dramatic effect, and fills in the blanks that he skipped over extremely well. The world building is where this novel shines. You learn it bit by bit and you always get the feeling there is some other mystery still be to be revealed.
A definite recommendation in the epic fantasy genre. If you have problems with swearing, sex, and violence, get this instead of GRRM's A Game of Thrones (although I would still point out that Martin's novels are some of the best fiction out there).