I haven't played the game in a while, but soul level 28 sounds pretty high for that early in the game. You should be good. Also just know that in Demon Souls if you die once during any of the levels you miss out on items from that world that may help you later on in the game.
I was walking down along the street and I heard this voice saying, "Good evening, Mr. Dowd." Well, I turned around and here was this big six-foot rabbit leaning up against a lamp-post. Well, I thought nothing of that because when you've lived in a town as long as I've lived in this one, you get used to the fact that everybody knows your name.