I've had the deck for a week now, so I'm getting used to it and just gradually taking in the imagery, style and symbols. First impressions matter, but I'm aware opinions do change with time, so we'll see what happens with this one. First off I do think it helps to read Paul Huson's book to understand better why he thought another deck was needed in this style and one that in some ways is very similar to a number of historical decks.
Now if it had been a Tarot de Marseille clone I would've deducted a star on the basis that I don't really believe we need another pastiche deck of pips and trumps, but this differs and I'll explain why:
The trumps are close to and take elements from a number of historical decks. However they are drawn better and the faces have a grey almost "stained-glass window" style. A bit more expressive than the older decks, but not too cartoonish or crudely drawn.
Numbering and naming of cards has returned to the historically correct ones, but I know that isn't of concern to those who primarily use decks to divine from.
I do feel that there are times when he has chucked in a radical change out of shock value to perhaps shake us out of our habitual notions of the cards e.g. The Devil is very different and one card I have problems relating to in this deck. Likewise, the figure in the Star is now (returned to being) a man. I know the reasons for this and the historical precedents from his book, but I'm struggling a bit at the moment. However, I love his Juggler (and the older title), the sand timer in the Hermit's hand and his World card.
Colours are very bold and thematic so that all trumps have a yellow background, coins green, batons light blue, etc. This gives a nice look in spreads and helps to get a feel for things. However, the contrast doesn't always work and sometimes names are hard to read - even in good light. I suspect that it looked much better when created or on the computer screen.
The card stock is OK; not the best, but not the worst.
Card size is pretty standard and borders aren't too big.
If it had been left like this with patterned pips I think it might have been a 3 star deck, but what he's done with the minors is something special. Each one has a pattern with the number of cups, swords, coins, etc, but also a little scene - often inspired by a medieval woodcut or image. They are very expressive and really delightful. What is also a nice change is that they are not Coleman-Smith/Golden Dawn inspired, but Eteilla and must be interpreted as such.
All in all, Paul Huson has produced a great new deck that pays respectful homage to the historical decks and is in a curious way a very original deck in the true sense - if one can ever do that. On a personal level I would say it's not a deck I love or feel a great pull to - unlike the Sheridan-Douglas and Victorian Romantic (2 very different but great decks); more a deck I respect like the Thoth deck - for example.
He's done us a great favour in showing a valid alternative to the esoteric and Kabbalah corrupted decks that have been fashionable for so long. It's a deck that both challenges the way you may use the Tarot up to now but at the same time feels strangely familiar and easy. I'll stick my neck out here and say it actually feels like The authentic Tarot - even though we know it isn't and none can ever be. That probably sounds strange I realise!