Journeyed there and back again
Was thinking about what you said Antoxx. I'm currently reading MBoTF, nearly halfway into Deadhouse Gates, and for me, the characterisation hasn't been as great as in a lot of other books I've read recently - for example Farseer, ASoIAF & First Law. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving it, but mainly because of its scope and ambitiousness, not necessarily because I'm feeling any real love for any of the characters in it. I guess what I'm getting at is whether you feel the same way? Characterisation is obviously important to you.
With respect other writers, I reckon Abraham does a good job of it in The Long Price Quartet. I personally think Sanderson likewise does it well in Mistborn. And I might get shot here, but I also think Rowling does a good job of it too in Harry Potter. They all have the benefit on concentrating on a much smaller cast of course, which does make it easier.