I always hesitate to write a review because I know that everyone enjoys different things. But, for my own personal taste, I was disappointed in these cards. When I first saw them, I could hardly wait to order. I love working with Fairy tarots, but I have always dreamed of someone doing a tarot based only on the Elves.
I had tried to order the complete kit for this tarot which is supposed to include a book that will 'explain' the stories behind the meanings of these cards. After waiting nearly a month, and then being told it would be at least another month before the entire kit was available, I canceled the first order and simply got the cards. Would I have been happier waiting for the kit? I'm not sure.
I am not an advanced tarot reader, but I have made several sets of tarot cards of my own. When I read through the meanings assigned to the Tarot of the Elves, I was confused. The card meanings are based on stories that I don't know. I quickly realized that, without the story behind the pictures, I was lost.
Also, the pictures were a bit disconcerting to me. There is a lot of blood and death shown in the pictures. Sometimes, as in the suit of Cups, I have a difficult time telling whether the elves on the cards are male or female. Facial expressions on many of the cards seemed frightening or 'creepy'. There were several times when a chill ran up my back while examining the pictures for the first time. All in all, this was not what I had expected to see in an Elven land and I have to admit that it made me sad.
I did try to work with the cards. At first I tried simply drawing one card every morning and using the meaning to help guide my day, but the cards had such depressing meanings that I was uncomfortable doing that. Next I thought I might use the cards from this tarot and simply substitute the meanings that I was more familiar with when reading tarot. But the pictures were so foreign to what I was used to believing about tarot cards that I quickly stopped trying to do that, too!
I think for now I'll put these cards away. They don't 'feel' right to me, but others may really enjoy them. Maybe I'm just not as 'Elvish' as I thought. Maybe that is my problem. I guess I wanted an 'Elven Tarot', not a 'Tarot for Elves'. After having seen these cards, I would not buy them for myself again.