By Paul Finch
Craeghatir: a lonely rock, some distance out at the northernmost tip of england; the nearest aspect 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, historical megaliths and the bones of prehistoric mammals lengthy grown over with moss. The island is now uninhabited and by way of this attractiveness and silence, it really is a good locale - although few sightseers ever enterprise there willingly, for Craeghatir has an evil recognition. Professor Jo Mercy of Warwick University's elite archaeological unit doesn't think the rumours and is raring to enquire a newly-discovered barrow at the island which would include the continues to be of Ivar Ragnarsson, might be 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 prior 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 group will locate themselves confronted with greater than simply the inhospitibal setting on Craeghatir, because the spirit of Ragnarrson is disturbed and demise and insanity come to the island.
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