Kidnapping a couple of mages in training could be a problem. They might have friends, family, and love to protect and help them. It is hard to know who you can trust, but it is even harder to accept help without some trust.
Magic has different components that makes those who can control it different with differing abilities and effects. Learning to control yourself is a challenge, but trying to avoid magic is even harder. There is always someone more powerful than you as an individual, but teamwork can beat any individual.
William and Jake discover each other as they learn magic together. They also learn about Serena and Selene and understanding about being forced to do what it takes to survive. Forgiveness comes hard, but cooperation builds trust.
This book builds characters and introduces new challenges to prepare for the next book in the series.