I just finished Theft of Swords by M Sullivan and really enjoyed it. I like that you put some examples out in your request because I would have found
Because I am avoiding a stack of marking that is unreasonably large, and due to recent experiences, and with the thinnest imaginable veneer of sf-ness...
by Christopher Alen
KatG said it on the first page, but I guess people missed it?
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time is based heavily on world history and mythology,
Based on my best recollection I'd say from the first read, though subsequent readings may have strengthened those impressions. I too found the writing