Rucksack Universe

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

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.


All Rucksack Universe titles are available from online and physical retailers in:

  • E-book
  • Trade paperback

If you don’t see the Rucksack Universe in your favorite bookstore, they can look it up and order it for you.

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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.

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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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Upcoming & in development

Roadsong - Who Is Wander?Book 0, Wander

A hundred years after a calamity changed the world, a wanderer falls between worlds, a fallen hero wakes, and a shadow spreads.


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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:


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