I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.

–Lila Bard, A Darker Shade of Magic

Lila is a main character in A Darker Shade of Magic. She is a thief from Grey London that survives by stealing from the unaware. Her dream is to one day own a ship and wreck havoc as a pirate. After stealing something important from Kell she is dragged into an adventure she never saw coming.


She has a boyish frame and short hair that allows her to masquerade as a young man with a top hat. In the first book she is desceibed as skinny from her days on the streets, but while still skinny, she looks more healthy in the second book. She usually dons a mask shaped as a demon during her vigilante escapades, for example at the Essen Tasch. She also has a handful of knives and a flintlock on her person at all times, claiming that "There is no such thing as too many knives". She also has one fake glass eye, this is noticed by one of her eyes being lighter than the other. She lost the real eye at a young age, leading some people to believe she is an Antari.


As a thief, Lila is cunning, daring and quick-witted where she is able to quickly steal a variety of objects such as a top hat from a dozing chauffeur. She is courageous and can easily survive by herself without the help of others. However, when provoked Lila can have a violent tendency as shown when she kills Powell [1]. She has a tendency to run away to save her own skin, and constantly get told to start trusting people, but this reflex has grown from her dangerous days in the streets and it is hard for her to erase that reflex.

To the annoyance of Kell, Lila has a slight immature side with a childish and dirty humor. With the Black Stone, she created a illusion of Kell preforming a striptease. [2]. Like a child, she dreams of adventures of being a pirate and wanderlusts over journeying around the seas. Her wanderlust is what caused her to travel to the other Londons with Kell. She wants to see as much of the worlds as she can.


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A Gathering of Shadows



Upon their first meetings, the two seemed to be intrigued, as well as slightly annoyed by each other. But along their adventure they grew closer, and while the exact status of their relationship is complicated; both have shown romantic feelings upon one another.

During the travel from Grey London to Red London she kissed Kell "For good luck". This became a sort of charm between them, Kell kissing her again saying the same thing until they finally shared one or two real kisses.

Although she did not plan on acquiring a companion to care for, as this was against all her reflexes, she at one point started saving Kell even though it risked her own life. They are very compatible characters where both of them feels less scared with the other person, when Kell was going into White London to face the twin royals of White London he mentioned that he would not be able to do it if Lila was not there with him.


The first time Lila saw Rhy he was on a carriage in his birthday parade waving and smiling at his people, Rhy noticed Lila was wearing Kell's jacket and stared at her. At this time Kell had been missing for a long time so it came as a shock to see his adoptive brother's cloak on a stranger.

The second time they met, Rhy was possessed by Astrid Dane. Astrid used Rhy to her advantage as Kell refuses to hurt Rhy, but Astrid had not counted Lila who stabbed Rhy. Much happened and Lila was involved in trying to save Rhy and witnessing the spell when Kell linked his life to Rhy's.

Their first official neeting was however a few days after he died, he was lying in bed hurt but was of course up to flirting with her. Lila gave some smart comments which Rhy answered with "I like this one" to Kell.

In "A gathering of shadows" they meet more and even have some conversations without Kell regarding their shared worry for him. In the end they both ran together all over the palace looking for Kell when he was kidnapped by Ojlka.


Lila saw Alucard's ship and wanted to steal it and kill it's captain but after replacing the thief aboard she became quite smitten by Alucard Emery and rather become somewhat of a friend with him.

After Alucard discovered she knew only English, the royal language in Red London but no other language he offered to help her learn Arnesian, the official language in Red London. Alucard also teached her how to find her magic all because he missed speaking High Royal (English) with someone.

Alucard did kiss her once on the way to London but that was only to lure the secrets out of her, but he apologizes and though she still bullies him about it they become kind of friends again.


Lila met Calla when she was going to a masquerade ball at the palace, this was where she found the devil mask. Calla was surprised but not judging when Lila rather wanted to use a male suit rather than a dress. Calla had seen her before with Kell and therefore said Lila could come back with the money when she had it, and when Lila did come back after about 4 or 5 months; Calla told her that Kell had come many times to see if Lila had come back and paid Calla (Kell and Lila had separated).

The next time Lila came looking for something she asked for a dress and a fix on her mask so she could compete in the Essen Tasch. Calla basically is the biggest shipper of Kell and Lila.

Past and Current Belongings

  • Silver Pocket Watch - Previously owned by the deceased Barron. The watch is Lila's anchor to Grey London. (Exchanged for entrance into Is Feras Stras in A Conjuring of Light)
  • A Top Hat - A hat she stole from a dozing chauffeur.
  • An Element Set - "Game" for practicing magic, given to her by Kell.
  • Various Weapons - Including several knives, a gun and her favorite knife which is also made to punch with(Previously owned by Lenos)
  • Devil mask - A black devil mask she fell in love with in Calla's shop.
  • Shard of Astrid Dane - A piece of Astrid Dane's shattered corpse, Lila's ticket into White London.


A Darker Shade of Magic

I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.

–Lila Bard, A Darker Shade of Magic

I apologize for shooting you in the leg. I was myself entirely.

–Lila Bard, A Darker Shade of Magic

“Sure I do,” countered Lila cheerfully. “There’s Dull London, Kell London, Creepy London, and Dead London,” she recited, ticking them off on her fingers. “See? I’m a fast learner.”

–Lila Bard, A Darker Shade of Magic

“I'm not going to die," she said. "Not till I've seen it."

"Seen what?" Her smile widened. "Everything.”

–Lila Bard and Kell, A Darker Shade of Magic

A Gathering of Shadows

“I know where you sleep, Bard.”

She smirked. “Then you know I sleep with knives.”

–Lila, A Gathering of Shadows[3]

Fanart Gallery

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  • Commenting on Rhy's sexuality, Schwab also mentions that Lila leans more towards men than women and is aroused by power. [4]
  • If Lila lived in the Harry Potter Universe, Schwab would sort Lila into Slytherin as her hogwarts house. [5]
  • In a interview, Schwab mentions that "Lila is not a sidekick, she’s the hero of her own story. She’s not a love interest, and she’s not a plot device. Her purpose isn’t just to please the reader or Kell, it’s to be true to herself, and that self happens to be a total self-serving badass." [6]


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