The Dragon Tarot was designed by Tarot author Terry Donaldson (Step by Step Tarot) and drawn by an artist named Peter Pracownik. Every card has a Dragon on it. These are not "cute" Dragons, nor are they horrific reptilian dragons. They look fairly smooth and come in different colors, even pink. The art is good, with a lot of detail. Each card features a large central Dragon, with a small scenic area in the background. The background colors are uniformly dark. In the Major Arcana, some attempt was made at incorporating traditional Tarot symbolism; Justice shows a Dragon with scales in it's mouth, The Hermit shows a Dragon holding a lantern, and the Magician has the four suit symbols and the lemniscate. The Minors are scenic, but the large central Dragon in each card tends to overpower the background scenery. The symbols for wands and coins are a little different. Wands are symbolized by a fire lamp on a long pole, and coins are gray labyrinths with a large red pentagram superimposed on them so that the points extend beyond the edge of the circle.
The book that accompanies the deck is interesting. For the Majors it describes each card and has a section where the card allegedly speaks. The speaking sections are written in a fantasy-like style, and generally describe the card's meaning. A short divinatory meaning follows, and finally a section called "Additional Triggers" which identifies the small symbols on the bottom corners of each card. For the Minors it has a short description of the card and a short divinatory meaning.
There are a few spreads and some information on how to read the cards. Finally there is a fairly large section of dragon and serpent myths and stories from different cultures.
Review by Michele Jackson - Images Copyright U.S. Games.