Donatella Dragna is described as a slim lady with honey blonde hair that hangs in soft ringlets over her shoulders. She inherited the majority of her fathers' light looks, the majority of people call her Tella instead of Donatella. She looked like her grandmother Annalise when she was young and shown in Caraval when she wears her nana Anna's purple dress.
She is very impulsive, rule-breaking, and acts before thinking. Her Nana inspired the idea of the Caraval for Tella at a very young age, and she never let it go. Tella cares about Scarlett like a sister, but also like a best friend. The girls told each other everything. When Tella was younger, she dreamed of becoming a mermaid and traveling the world, but when she told Scarlett, her sister laughed at her. Of course, she knew mermaids didn't exist, but her dreams of magic increased only as she got older with her mind always lost in thoughts about the Caraval.
Before Caraval, Donatella was in contact with Legend and made a deal with him.
At the beginning of Caravel Donatella was caught in the barrel room with Julian by Scarlett, as Scarlett wanted to show Tella the letter that she had recieved from Legend. At first, Tella assumed that the letter was from Scarlett's betrothed, and wanted nothing to do with the letter. However, when Scarlett told Tella that Legend had finally written back, Tella was immediately excited.
Scarlett and Donatella was discussing whether or not to go to Caraval, and how they would get off the Conquered Isle of Trisda when their father, Marcello Dragna, found the three of them in the barrel room.
Marcello first asked Julian if he had liked the rum, which to Julian said he did. However, by the fact that Julian's breath did not smell like rum, Marcello assumed that Julian had been tasting one of the two sisters. After both sisters saying it was the other, Julian finally said that he had been with Scarlett.
At that, Marcello hit Tella. After witnessing what their father had done to them, Julian offered them passage to the isle for free and told them the ship would set sail at dawn. Scarlett didn't want Tella nor herself to go with Julian to the isle, so she met up with Julian on Del Ojos Beach. Scarlett told Julian that he could take all three of the tickets to Caraval that she had received if he didn't take Tella or Scarlett. However, Tella had gotten to Julian first, and Julian put a cloth over Scarlett's face, making her fall asleep.
When Scarlett and Julian found out they were given the same room, Scarlett walked into the hall, where she heard Tella in her room, along with a young man.
Once Scarlett had found Tella, Scarlett won the game, but Tella acted as if Scarlett had gone crazy during the game. Scarlett told Tella that they needed to go, but Tella refused. She pretended that she thought that Casper (Casper was the actor playing Legend in that Caraval) was her fiancée, and when Casper revealed that he was Legend, Tella jumped off the edge of the balcony. After Tella died, Scarlett managed to wish her back to life with some magic from the real Legend. Since Marcello Dragna now assumed Tella to be dead, he fled, and Tella and Scarlett were free from their father's grasp.
In the epilogue, Tella receives a letter and a coin from "a friend" during the party. She drinks a lot of champagne, and becomes drunk. She finds herself on the laying on the forest floor with Dante after the party.
In Legendary, Tella has to try to get Legend's true name for her "friend," Jacks, in exchange for reuniting with her mother and as payment for the information Jacks had given her during Caraval. To do this, Tella decides to participate in Caraval. However, before Caraval starts, Tella has some mix ups involving her room, and Dante steps in, saying that Tella is the heir's secret fiancée. Tella ends up getting a room in the Golden Tower. The heir finds out about her claim on being the heir's finacée, and he sends her a letter and a dress. The letter tells her to wear the dress to the Fated Ball.
Once at the Fated Ball, Tella finds out that the heir is also her "friend," and now Jacks wants more than just Legend's true name. He wanted Legend himself too. Jacks and Tella kiss, and Tella starts bleeding, after Jacks bites her during their kiss. Tella realizes how wrong it was, and she also realizes that Jacks is a fate. She reluctantly allies herself with Dante during Caraval. Later on in the book, Tella is attacked by The Undead Queen and Her Handmaidens , both of whom are fates. Julian and Dante save her by giving her some blood.
Towards the end of the book, when visiting the Temple of the Stars, Tella finds out that her mother gave her up in exchange for being able to store the cards in her vault there. Tella was very upset about this and ran out of the Temple of the Stars.
Dante takes Tella to a fountain, where he tells her a story. There, they kiss after Dante finishes the story, and Tella falls in love with Dante. Later, Dante says that he can find a way to pay Tella's debt. Once Tella gets the cards, she meets Legend, who turns out to be Dante. Tella decides to put herself into the card in place of her mother, but Legend didn't want to give her up, so Legend freed all of the fates to free her. However, once Tella is freed, Legend leaves Tella in a very cold way, and Jacks carries her to her sister.
In Finale, Tella sees her mother being killed by The Fallen Star. Jacks helps her free herself from her feelings of trouble and anger at Destiny. She sees Legend in her dreams and discovers that he is immortal. She understands that the weakness of the Fates is love. She sees Legend in the labyrinth and he asks her to become immortal. Despite his offer, she refuses and asks him to love her, but he replies that he can't do it. Legend asks her to flee before he is killed by two Fates. After seeing Legend in the labyrinth, she goes to the Vanished Market to find a secret to kill Gavriel. In exchange, the vendors ask for her future daughter's weakness - when she does not have one yet - and Legend appears there, asking who the father of the child is.
Donatella and Scarlett are close. They deeply care for one another and blame each other for mistakes. It is revealed that if Scarlett took the blame, Tella would be “punished” by their abusive father in front of them. Even with Scarlett’s marriage, Donatella forces Scarlett to go to Caraval by asking Julian to help her do so. Tella saw Scarlett’s stress and insecurities all due to her future marriage and their father and brought her out of her comfort zone. Even if they get in trouble. Scarlett wants to keep Donatella safe and keep her from their abusive father. While Donatella wants Scarlett to have fun and live her life instead of keeping safe.
Since her father was abusive towards Donatella and her sister, she has attempted to escape but it failed and Scarlett was punished because of it. Marcello and Donatella are not close, and she tries to live her life every chance she has.
At the end of Caraval, she kisses Dante and they develop their relationship throughout Legendary. At the end of Finale, Legend kisses her and allows himself to feel real love for. This causes him to become mortal. We can be pretty certain that in the future they have a daughter together.
'I don’t know if you’re my true love, Donatella. All I know is that I want you to be.'
At the end of Caraval an anonymous friend of Tella was mentioned who turns out to be Jacks.
In Legendary, Dante teasingly introduces Tella as the fiancé of the crown prince. She then receives a letter from the crown prince who invites her to the ball at the palace, sarcastically stating that he's eager to meet his dear fiancé. Later we find out that the crown prince is Jacks. He invites her for a dance where he asks her to pretend to be his fiance. In hope of escaping her father with his help and eventually finding her mother, too, Donatella corresponded with Jacks. In return, Jacks demanded Legend's real name, but Donatella failed to give it to him. Enraged about her failure, he kisses her, here Tella finds out about him being the prince of hearts and that he has cursed her. At the end of Legendary, the curse is removed by the legend. Later, in the last chapter when Legend leaves her on the stairs, Jacks carry her in his arms and tries his best to console her.
Towards the start of Finale, when Paloma Dragna dies, Jacks comforts Donatella. he takes away her pain and misery by asking her to recite some words in an ancient language. Donatella started to feel attracted to him as well, though she felt furious after Jacks threatened to kill her in order to make Legend return his powers back to full strength. It was then revealed that when Donatella recited the words in an ancient language, she had accidentally married him. Also, we came to know that originally Donatella was his true love, the only person immune to his death kiss.
- Donatella is cursed to unrequited love.
- Donatella is a name of Italian and Latin origin meaning beautiful gift, given by god, or simply gift.
|Scarlett Dragna ♚ Donatella Dragna ♚ Julian Santos ♚ Legend ♚ Count Nicolas d'Arcy ♚ Paloma Dragna ♚ Marcello Dragna|
|Minor and supporting characters|
|Aiko ♚ Armando ♚ Caspar ♚ Felipe ♚ Jovan ♚ Nigel|
|Greater Fates||The Murdered King ♚ The Undead Queen ♚ The Prince of Hearts ♚ The Maiden Death ♚ The Fallen Star ♚ Mistress Luck ♚ The Assassin ♚ The Poisoner|
|Lesser Fates||Jester Mad ♚ The Lady Prisoner ♚ Priestess, Priestess ♚ Her Handmaidens ♚ The Unwed Bride ♚ Chaos ♚ The Pregnant Maid ♚ The Apothic|
|Fated Objects||The Shattered Crown ♚ Her Majesty's Gown ♚ The Blank Card ♚ The Bleeding Throne ♚ The Aracle ♚ Map of All ♚ The Unbitten Fruit ♚ Reverie Key|
|Fated Places||Tower Lost ♚ Phantasy Orchard ♚ The Menagerie ♚ The Immortal Library ♚ Castle Midnight ♚ The Imaginarium ♚ The Vanished Market ♚ Fire Undying|