I can't believe that I am the first to be reviewing this deck! It is so gorgeous, I can't believe every tarot reader doesn't own one.
I received my deck today after waiting quite some time for it to arrive from France - it seems to be quite tricky to get hold of in the UK, and I absolutely love it already.
Essentially it is a complete Tarot deck - all 78 cards but with a Medieval Cat theme. This means the deck itself contains quite a lot of deep golds and lush browns, sounds ghastly but I really can't tell you how beautiful it is.
The Majors all follow the traditional names, Death, Devil, Justice etc and for the most part follow the bare bones of the Rider-Waite but with some innovative takes on some. The Death card shows a skeletal figure in a cowl standing next to his scythe but only part of his feline skull is visible as is his little skeletal paw. The devil is a well dressed, pleasant looking fox holding a cat's mask which I thought got to the essence of the meaning of the card for me, personally.
The minors are a combination of illustration and pip deck - there is a tiny (but very clear) picture in the centre of the card surrounded by the number of pentacles, coins, wands, swords that they refer to.
The genius of the cards really comes across in the court cards - usually the most difficult of the cards to interpret, the illustrators of the Medieval Cats have taken additional care to design these so taht they speak directly to your intuition and you can get right to the heart of the meaning relatively easily. The cards are reversible (i.e. you can't tell if they are reversed until you turn them over).
I can imagine that one thing that may put potential readers off is that all the cards have relatively large and ornate borders which crops the size of the actual pictures and some may not like the predominance of the browns and golds, but if you like cats, and all things medieval, then this will be a gorgeous deck for your collection.
Does it read well? Yes. The artwork is just gorgeous (but not sickly chocolate box kittens) and they feel lovely and full of life. They are of medium card stock I would say and lightly laminated to prolong life.
I have had them one day and I would wrestle you to the ground if you were to try to take them off me.