I think you are probably right.I’ve never really got magic in DS games in general. It’s either ridiculously easy to the point of boredom, or infuriatingly hard. And when it’s hard, it just feels like the game isn’t really designed for ranged combat.
I feel like Souls games are melee games at heart.
(That also said, I prefer demons the most as the focus of the game was more on the levels rather than bosses…)