Shadow has a nice mix of political intrigue and wuxia, with the battle tactics being absolutely absurd - but I was all for it.
Maybe it’s just my worldview, but I didn’t find the king to be cowardly at all. He seemed pretty rational in all of his decisions, and so it kind of surprised me that it turns out I was meant to think of him as a coward.
However, other than that and an ending that I wouldn’t have gone for (not that it’s bad), I loved Shadow. It’s not as good as Hero but has the same feeling.