I like epic, gritty stories set in imaginary worlds, therefore I like fantasy. However, I dislike magic, prophecies, zombies and anything else that's just implausable, so there's a lot of fantasy that I don't like. I guess I like fantasy that feels more like an alternate history than a fairy tale. "Hard fantasy" is sometimes defined this way. Any recommendations for me?
Some examples: I love ASoIaF for all the political dealings and intrigue in Westeros, but the zombies annoy me. I like Abercrombie's First Law trilogy because the magic is not that present.