I came across this Tarot by chance, and was intantly intrigued by the images. I am not usually a fan of the 'fantasy' tarot decks, but this one seemed different...I spent an hour on the artist's website looking at the imagery, and I was sold. I bought it immediately. On doing my first reading, I got some amazing results. My most dreaded card came up, in both readings, and in the very positions that I would absolutely shake in my boots to see it in before. However, this time, I was not bothered. Stephanie's interpretation of the card is not the traditional image, and in fact, the image that she used reminds me of a favourite childhood story, which tells one exactly how to avoid such a fate!! Another card in the deck, the 8 of Pentacles, features a spider in a beautiful web rather than the more traditional craftsman at his workbench. This also had an interesting effect...I hate and fear spiders intensely, and I ususally won't even look at them in books, but I was really intrigued by the image on the card, and had a long meditation on the diligence and determination needed to craft such a thing as a web. I never would have given much thought to the fellow at this workbench--that's just some craftsman at work, not such an evocative image. Really a mind-altering experience.
I must agree, however, with the above reviewer who noted that the colours are fuzzy and the images not very clear...I was very disappointed in this aspect of the deck. I would love to see these cards done in a larger size, in order to show off the amazingly rich detail and the luminous, jewel-like colours that Stephanie used. That having been said, it certainly doesn't detract from the experience of using the cards. Paired with the companion book, which has poetic and almost dreamlike descriptions of the cards by the artist (and larger, clearerr images of the cards (sadly only in black and white)), The Shadowscapes Tarot is a joy to use, and a must-have in any tarot collection. I am looking very mush forward to doing my daily readings with this stunning deck.