The game turned out to be terrifyingly ... stressful ! :)
The most relaxing (or frustrating) part was when I got permanently stuck in a small clearing amongst some conifer trees, where neither my swipes & fireballs nor the enemies' attacks could reach each other. Screenshot below.
In the end, my unexpected invincibility (or my irresistibly sweet scent) attracted an increasingly huge crowd of enemies to gather in the area -- doubtlessly all braying (or so I imagine) for my deliciously witchy blood.