Niamara "Nia" Bancanor is one of Daja Kisubo's students in Cold Fire, along with her twin sister Jorality; the twins are twelve years old at the time the novel takes place. Nia is an ambient carpentry mage, a fact which causes her some anxiety when she discovers it, because she worries that no family will want a carpenter as a wife for their son. But her parents assuage her worries by suggesting the son of a family of shipwrights, and it's implied that Nia has a crush on the boy.
Another byproduct of Nia's magic is her fear of fire. Daja tells her that this fear will abate when she gets more used to her magic and stops feeling as though she herself were made of wood.
So far Nia only appears in Cold Fire, where she is a major character due to her being Daja's student.
Tamora Pierce plans on writing another novel centered around Nia and her sister, which will also be situated somewhere in Namorn. However, it's still a while until she will get to writing this book.
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