He was always jealous of the attention Lady Evina showed to Cenara and Edward, and seeks to prove himself equal to Nightbane's childen. His agents Thrasher, Virik and Skrat were supposedly "loyal" servants of the Were-King, Wolfwing and Safiria when they orchestrated a civil war. During the chaos, he infiltrates Nightbane's castle and, through the sacrifice of Nightbane's loyal minions, becomes the DracopyreNightReign. In the same part of the story, Cenera, his half sister, becomes the dracopyric Gracefang. The following chapter, they clash, and Donovan is almost destroyed by his sister, but flees before the end. Cenera calls him a coward. He intends to destroy all other races and unify Darkovia, although it is revealed he is in fact playing a game for the Mysterious Stranger- an entity that's neither living nor dead, immaterial, and can sense even in memories. In the hall of memories, his boss murders Falerin but his plans are foiled, and Donovan decides he has had enough of the stranger's games, but is forced to fight. However, he was finally bested in battle and he ran from the scene.