The Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier is excellent. I loved the series and the characters, and it seemed really alive. Set in Ireland/England, the first part of the trilogy, Daughter of the Forest, covers one of the famous myths - the story of the girl whose brothers were turned into swans. I really, really recommend this series. It's not on the scale of grand epic like GRRM's aSoIaF, but it's good. Wonder if Sorcha got her name from this series?