I am totally feeling this fantasy adventure and yes it has to do with the magical element that is "forging" (because how cool does this type of magic sound?!?!) but another huge chunk of my instant love for this story are the characters. I am dying to know more about them and this tiny morsel just barely made a dent in my hunger to know more! The world building seems solid, the mystery and intrigue is represented in spades and I can definitely see myself devouring this story to the very end.
As for the cover, it's another beautiful eye catching work of art. I think it represents the story very well. With covers like this, I hope the following installment(s) keep to the same design style. I love for my books to match when standing side by side :)