I've never played a (primary) magic user in a souls game before, so I'm still kind of learning how that part of the game works. I mostly ignored sorceries and hexes. I thought it would be pretty different playing without a shield, but really I would dodge most bosses anyway.
Anyway, I'm pretty happy with how my dude's built out so far:
I've got Hexer's set, the starting staff and fire longsword, both upgraded a few times, Soul Arrow, Great Soul Arrow, Great Heavy Soul Arrow and Fireball. I've got the Sunset Staff too, and I've been pumping FTH in anticipation of getting into some hexes at some point.
So what should I go for next? I like having something to work towards for my character in this game. I know about the Lion Mage set. What gear/spells should I seek out? Any general tips?