Cape Wrath by Paul Finch

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By Paul Finch

Craeghatir: a lonely rock, a long way out at the northernmost tip of england; the nearest element of land to it, the wild, storm-ravaged Cape Wrath. to name this position bleak is the understatement of an entire life. large cliffs dominate its shorelines, yet inside there are eco-friendly tracks linking mystery valleys the place tumuli are available, historic megaliths and the bones of prehistoric mammals lengthy grown over with moss. The island is now uninhabited and when it comes to this attractiveness and silence, it really is an exceptional locale - although few sightseers ever enterprise there willingly, for Craeghatir has an evil popularity. Professor Jo Mercy of Warwick University's elite archaeological unit doesn't think the rumours and is eager to enquire a newly-discovered barrow at the island which would comprise the is still of Ivar Ragnarsson, probably the main notorious of all Viking chieftains. Ragnarrson was once reputed to be berserkir - a warrior possessed with the wolf-spirit, whose insanity carried him earlier all ache and cause within the warmth of conflict, and whose sufferers have been deemed choices to the wolf-god Fenrir. yet Mercy and her workforce will locate themselves confronted with greater than simply the inhospitibal surroundings on Craeghatir, because the spirit of Ragnarrson is disturbed and demise and insanity come to the island.

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