The first thing that strikes me is their silver edges and the sturdy yet flexible feel of the cards. The lamination is good, not excessive, and the colours swirl together in a beautiful, vibrant, ever-changing dance.
Looking more closely, at first I was surprised that the Majors have borders, while none of the other cards do. Laying a few spreads, though, I realise how well this works. It makes the Majors stand out more as way-markers, separate and yet connected to the rest of the images.
The final treat is an extra card, Strawberries, numbered with a question mark :D
The majority of the Majors are still readable according to traditional notions, though a few of them strike me as strange. The Sun shows a somewhat Dali-esque melting bouquet of bright flowers: they all grow from the light of the sun, but you can't actually see the sun. And there is a whole pack of lions in Strength, with a strange, shadow figure walking behind them...
The Devil, with its red-lit forest scene, confused me until I noticed the snake wending its way ever deeper into the trees. And I adore the Tower: a house sits on the edge of a cliff that has been worn away by the sea beneath, so that now the house sits over the water with just an ever-thinning layer of soil keeping it from toppling into the waves below. It's just a matter of time...
The Courts are relatively easy to work with, fitting traditional ideas. For instance, the Queen of Pentacles sits, holding her pentacle gently between both arms, in an abundant field. About her are magical, juicy strawberries. The colours are lush, the ground seems fertile, and the Queen appears both peaceful and very much a part of the landscape. The only Court card that surprised me is the King of Pentacles, which shows him doing a handstand on a bull's horns. Hardly very grounded, though I guess it does show mastery of the physical!
Finally, the Minors. These cards are also full of energy, and the majority read easily and well. Take the Nine of Chalices (Cups), which shows a figure gazing out across a lake at the sun rising or setting. A feeling of contentment and emotional plenty pervades it.
There are a few Minors which aren't quite as easy to read, though not many. And even those are more non-traditional than unreadable. My only other slight quibble is that the "story arc" aspect of the cards does sometimes mean you have slightly strange, cut-off elements at the edges of a card. Overall, though, I think the wonder of these cards outweighs this, and I find it a very readable deck. So much so, I've decided to do next week's reading with it, too :)