Live the world! The Rucksack Universe is the exciting world of wit, adventure, and beer for the anywhere and armchair traveler. Fans and reviewers say the series is “buoyant with a unique humor, twist and focus on international travel,” and “perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.” The Sword and Laser Podcast calls it “the invention of beerpunk.” Enjoy this ongoing, non-sequential urban fantasy travel fiction series wherever e-books and books are sold.
THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY
Rucksack Universe Fantasy Books
All books in the Rucksack Universe fantasy series are available in e-book and trade paperback, with audiobooks and more on the way. Subscribe to Anthony’s free email list for updates »
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The first 3 books (The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, and Forever the Road) are also available in e-book and signed paperback bundles.
★★★★★ “I loved meeting these characters and can’t wait for the next installment!”
One drink changed everything.
Influencing a man’s fate should have been another day behind the bar.
★★★★★ “an amazing sense of the epic”
The world’s fate hangs on one untested woman.
For centuries the Awen’s duty has passed from woman to woman: guard the three relics from those who would control the world. But no threat has come to Aisling’s hostel door at Ireland’s western edge, and the newest Awen has yet to prove herself. Then Jay and Tiran arrive…
★★★★★ “easy to slip into the myths of the situations and places”
Their entwined fate becomes his impossible choice.
A strange eclipse looms above India’s city of the smiling fire. When an ancient evil awakens, the world teeters on a razor’s edge of life and annihilation. As fires rage in a land of ash, a backpacker, a bartender, and the world’s only Himalayan-Irish sage become trapped between their entwined fate and an impossible choice.
Upcoming & in development
Book 0, codename “Roadsong”
A hundred years after a calamity changed the world, a wanderer falls between worlds, a fallen hero wakes, and a shadow spreads.
Book 5, codename “Wet”
What do the Eiffel Tower and Angkor Wat have in common?
A Quick Note About Reading Order
You can come to the Rucksack Universe from any book and be fully immersed in the world, characters, and story. (Like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, savvy?)
The main listings here are ordered by publication date. Since some folks like a sense of story order or reading order though, here is a chronology of the stories and a potential reading order:
- Roadsong (upcoming)
- The Martini of Destiny
- Home Sweet Road
- Forever the Road
- The Lotus and the Barley (upcoming)
- Wet (upcoming)