This deck is a real gift for anyone who is keen on both Shakespeare and the Tarot, as it is written with passion by someone who loves both. In the introduction to the book, Ashcroft-Nowicki writes about her journey in creating this deck from inception to completion, giving a real insight into her process, whilst Hardy's illustrations are also just as inspired. The characters portrayed come alive and the use of strong colours throughout makes this a rather eye-catching deck. The cards all have a white border with the title of the card at the top, and at the bottom there is a relevant quote from one of the plays, along with the title of the play. The cards shown on the box (see photo) are good examples of the deck.
Many of the Major cards are quite dramatic, packing a punch, and taking the reader by surprise. For each card Ashcroft-Nowicki gives the background about the play from which the quote is taken, and her skill at conveying lots of information in a few words is second-to-none.
The suit names of the Minor cards are 'Swords', 'Sceptres' (Wands), 'Orbs' (Cups), and 'Crowns' (Pentacles). The Court cards are 'Lady' (Page), 'Lord' (Knight), 'Queen' and 'King'. Although there is slightly less background information about the play relevant to each card, nevertheless the images are just as lively as the Major cards. This deck is definitely worth looking at.