The newest deck in my life, The Linestrider Tarot, arrived just as I had decided I really wanted to give tarot reading professionally, and thus this site, a go.
Lucky me, as the art in this deck is absolutely breathtaking, making our working relationship that much more enjoyable. Because, you know, who doesn't like to work with pretty things when possible?
I was able to purchase this deck from Amazon, not knowing that the cost of the deck includes a 288-page booklet written by the deck artist. The book includes the card illustrations and explanations (both for upright and inverted cards), as well as spreads to try, traditions around tarot, and number, birthday, and plant correspondences for each Major and Minor arcana card.
To be honest, the book is well thought out, well organized, and the correspondences were a boon I have never seen in any other tarot book I own. Which, admittedly, are only two, but still.
The cards themselves, as I said, are beautifully illustrated. The artist, Siolo Thompson, indicated she pulled some inspiration from the Rider-Waite deck regarding symbolism, and it is obvious that she took her time in planning how to illustrate each card so even the most novice of readers could grasp the meanings.
The deck is a wonderful size, especially for those of us who shuffle our decks the same way playing cards are shuffled, and the cardstock has a wonderful weight. My only issue with the deck is that the cards seem to not have a coating, so they are textured and do not slip against each other easily, which means I find myself handling them a bit more gently than my other decks. Additionally, due to the lack of coating, the edges of the cards fray or catch on things, so I would advise care when using this deck.
That said, I would still buy The Linestrider Tarot, even with the cardstock issue, because it is stunning (as shallow as that sounds) and, so far, it is has been a joy to work with.
So, if you are a lover of gorgeous watercolor art, animal and human imagery, or really just dig minimalist sorts of decks that are still pretty, I would definitely add the The Linestrider Tarot deck to your collection.