Royalty is a good starting class, as has been said, but try and pick up the Crescent Falchion from near the start of area 4-1 (Island's Edge) as soon as you can. It's an excellent early sword that will see you well for a good proportion of the game if you start upgrading it. You don't have to fight the red eyed enemy guarding it, who is tough early on, but you can run and roll past it, grab the sword and drop off the hill side. He won't drop down after you. You'll be back at the start of the level then.
One time he did fall off the hillside and chase me, one of the scariest moments ever as I was still a weakish mage. I just pegged it back to the archstone and Nexus