The Lotus and the Barley: A Rucksack Universe Novel

The Lotus and the Barley: A Rucksack Universe Novel

by Anthony St. Clair


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In a rebuilt London, trouble is brewing.

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 a 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940119120
Publisher: Rucksack Press
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Rucksack Universe
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Anthony St. Clair has walked with hairy coos in the Scottish Highlands, choked on seafood in Australia, and watched the full moon rise over Mt. Everest in Tibet. In addition to living in Scotland and Ireland, Anthony has traveled the sights and beers of Thailand, Japan, India, Canada, the USA, Cambodia, China and Nepal. He and his wife live in Eugene, Oregon, and gave their kids passports when they were babies. A professional writer and craft beer expert, Anthony is also the author of the ongoing Rucksack Universe series, including The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, Forever the Road (nominated for a 2016 Oregon Book Award), and The Lotus and the Barley. Learn more at

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