The only other book I think I've ever read that has more twists in it than the Brent Weeks trilogy (and I've read thousands of books), is The Golden Age trilogy by John C Wrigt. I only didn't recommend that one because it's Far-Future Science fiction, and not medievelesque fantasy.
The Robin Hobbs I recommend, not only because they are excellent stories with many passages of great beauty, but because they have a similar gritty reality to them like Game of Thrones. The Assassin's trilogy takes the Kitchen-Hand TO King genre and turns the harsh light of day onto what would really happen to a small orphaned boy with a dubious royal background. And what that environment would really do to his personality.
Edited, Jan 3rd 2012 9:46am by Aripyanfar
I don't think that reverance or respect for the dead needs the dead to be hidden from sight completely. It is the attitude that you bring, as a witness to a dead body, that matters, not the display and witnessing of a dead body, per se.