We could maybe keep arguments for or against the quality of WoT out of here, mainly what I'm wondering is if there are epics in SciFi on its scale? I love WoT, and unlike a lot of people the rambling and slow bits were some of my favorites. I mostly liked how there were so many different factions, each with their own goals, conspiracy on top of conspiracy, large scale battles, vast history, etc. And I appreciated the page count for diving into all of these things so fully, although admittedly longwindedly at times. But again, I actually liked that aspect of the books.
What in SciFi comes close to matching that kind of feel? I'd love to get into a SciFi series right now, but I can't find one to hold my interest, and I think it's mostly because I'm not finding something which encompasses most of what I want. I need big page counts, several competing factions playing their own games, a ton of history and maybe not quite so much of the "grimdark" the kids seem to be so into these days. I like spending time in these functional worlds, but mostly when the world isn't shitting on me every 3 pages.