its kind of like demon souls, but there are bonfires through out the map, and when you die you will start there if you have lit it, but there are more enemys then demon soul so the bond fires only help very little
Bonfires act sort of like checkpoints, and as you play you'll unlock shortcuts that lessen the distance between the fires. And yes, you die a lot. Probably more than in Demon's Souls. Bosses are extremely tough if you play alone. I got stuck on one and
died at least 20 times.