I’ve read two trilogies by Robin Hobb. I got turned onto her by GRRM. He recommended her on his blog, and he said he envied her ability to have half of the first book in which nothing really happens. And that was true! It’s just a guy in the woods who had his adventures and is retired, and doesn’t want to be drawn back. And you spend the longest time in the woods with him.
You can see that GRRM was influenced by this, since he put out Book 4 and 5 after this recommendation, and I think there were sections in both where he really excelled at doing what Robin Hobb does, which is to draw out the situation, and extend it without anything important actually happening. And he does a really good job at it too, I thought. Especially in Book 5 when everything is covered in snow.