Rucksack Universe

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Follow the Black Road

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Ongoing alternate world travel fantasy series of myth, adventure, and intrigue

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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 has “universe building reminiscent of Terry Pratchett,” and are full of “quirk, wit, travel, and magic.” 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.


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The Martini of DestinyThe Martini of Destiny

★★★★★ “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.

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★★★★★ “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…

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Forever the Road, Anthony St. Clair, Rucksack Universe
Forever the Road

★★★★★ “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.

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The Lotus and the Barley, a Rucksack Universe travel fantasy novel by Anthony St. ClairThe Lotus and the Barley

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What order should the series be read in?

The Rucksack Universe is an ongoing, nonsequential series (kind of like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld).

You can come to the series from any book and be fully immersed in the story.

If you like that sort o’ thing though, here are 2 suggested reading orders for the Rucksack Universe Series

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