If you had good spells, the fight wouldn't last nearly that long.
I haven't even tried
to broach the subject of spells and magic in Dark Souls 2. Like I said, it's ponderous and slow of going by DS I is any indication.
You know, I realized something. The tutorial is a good indication of how unfair Dark Souls 2 can be. Why? Well, during the "Check Your Surroundings" part of the tutorial you come to a point where the only way down is to jump down a hole, a hole that hurts you a lot and leaves you vulnerable to a couple of hollows? What does that teach? Fuck you, that's what that teaches. I did a few laps looking for an alternate way, I looked in and outside of that hole and there's no alternate way as far as I've ever been able to tell.
So I died during the tutorial and quit. The game just sucks the fun out of itself sometimes. Also, starting over fucking sucks when you've not beaten the game. All I can see is already well-trodden ground that I'm forced to go over again. Purgatory: The Game.
EDIT: So I sucked it up and went back with my original character. I found the back way into the pit trap and met the guy in the wheelchair. More cryptic, useless bullshit. Got to pick the basilisks off one by one. However, there are acid
pits in the place. So by the time I got out (because they're really fucking hard to dodge, let alone effectively combat basilisks). Anyway, I got out of it, and decided to head back to recoup because all my armor is broken. Well it turns out my Ring of Regeneration costs 15K souls to fix. So I'm just going to grind souls until I get it fixed.
So that sounds about as fun as a root canal.