If you loved A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin I give you The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
Although there are two books, they are NOT a series. So if you feel like stopping after the first one you can. I don't know about you guys, but this really appeals to me as a reader. Especially lately when every single book you pick up is the beginning (or middle) of a series.
In any case, Pillars of the Earth is a great read. If you like the medieval-esque setting, strong female lead characters, and very evil antagonists, you're going to love this one.
You won't find any dragons or sorcery in these books, however. It's historical fiction versus fantasy.
I will warn you, it's a tome - at around 1,000 pages it's very heavy, so get it on your e-reader. (Unless you want a good workout for your arms!)
And if you find you really love these stories, they've even made a TV show out of Pillars. I watched it and I was happy with it and usually I'm such a purist when it comes to books to big screen conversions.
So I have a list about a mile long of books I want to read. Check it out and please let me know if you have read any of them - the list is never ending!
Two awesome things I have found this week: Secret bookshelf passageways and I LOVE these children's literature inspired bedrooms!