Media Kit: The Lotus and the Barley


The Lotus and the Barley by Anthony St. ClairPart of the ongoing, non-sequential Rucksack Universe series, The Lotus and the Barley was published in 2016.

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Review Copies

Review copies available on request:

  • Trade paperback
  • .mobi/Kindle e-book
  • .epub e-book
  • .pdf e-book

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More Information

Tags & Keywords

  • urban fantasy
  • travel fantasy
  • travel fiction
  • contemporary fantasy
  • alternative history
  • rucksack universe
  • indie travel


Anthony St. Clair


Rucksack Press


Rucksack Universe

Official Book Webpage

Full description, online store listings and other information:

Worldwide Release Date

June 16, 2016


In a world where a bottle of stout can change destinies, all Branwen Porter and her sister Zara want is to become brewers of the world’s oldest and most popular beer, Galway Pradesh Stout. But the brewmaster won’t give them a second glance, much less try their homebrew. A chance encounter with a man in black and a stolen briefcase changes everything. Zara and Branwen find themselves on a collision course with the most dangerous man in the world and his terrible plans for the beer. Two ancient enemies will renew a bitter vendetta, and the sisters will discover their new destiny—but only if they can choose between their dreams and each other.

THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY is the fourth captivating page-turner in Anthony St. Clair’s Rucksack Universe. If you like Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, or Octavia Butler, you’ll love this ongoing fantasy series of globetrotting intrigue, myth, and adventure.

Book Details

Trade Paperback

  • 388 pages
  • 5.25″ x 8″
  • ISBN-13, 978-1-940119-12-0
  • ISBN-10, 194011912X

Kindle Edition

  • ISBN-13, 978-1-940119-10-6
  • ISBN-10, 1940119103

Smashwords and .epub Edition

  • ISBN-13, 978-1-940119-11-3
  • ISBN-10, 1940119111

What Fans Are Saying

★★★★★ “surprised and delighted me at every page”
What I enjoy about St Clair’s tightly edited writing is that even if we only meet someone briefly, attention has been paid to introduce them and their place in this world, without being spoon fed extraneous details. I love that my mental picture of a Deep Inc security guard likely differs from yours.
St Clair has built a universe that’s realistic and yet has provided just enough of that magical fantasy to take me away from the mundane world I know.
I’m not sure what higher praise I can give a book than I want to reread it! I find myself thinking about the characters and world long after I’ve read the final word
~ Penny Shima Glanz (Full review here)

“totally blown away”
“You’ve done it again! I love THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY! I can practically taste the GPS. I instantly connected with the characters of Branwen and Zara. I hope there are going to be more stories with the sisters. I loved the book and am totally blown away.”
~ Erica B.

★★★★★ “Strong female characters, strong story, intrigue, humor, and beer, what more could you ask for?”
Every story in the Rucksack Universe just keeps getting better. Strong female characters, strong story, intrigue, humor, and beer, what more could you ask for? The Lotus and the Barley builds on earlier stories by St. Clair, but stands on its own as a compelling and interesting story.
~ Bonnie K Donaghy

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About the Author

Anthony St. Clair creates compelling fiction and non-fiction for a curious world full of everyday discoveries, endeavors, and surprises. He is the author of the ongoing Rucksack Universe series; covers craft beer, food, business, and more for various publications; and is a copywriter and content manager for select clients. When not at his desk or in his kitchen in Oregon, Anthony is on an adventure with his wife, son, and daughter. More at