homeward bone is useless if you invest in getting the homeward spell imo... why woudn't you want a homeward bone you can use infinitely overs ones you constantly have to rebuy?
also don't believe all the tips people say to do in this game. someone told me that if i kill both undead merchants i can get that light spell where frampt is. I never once saw that spell in that chest even after killing them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPkB6aZSmUA you never know what you want until you get it